Food Insecurity

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The plethora of issues plaguing our nation these days may put some issues, like food disparities and deserts, on the back burner. Many people, including myself, aren’t even sure of what these things are. Food Insecurity is the global crisis of households that are not able to attain food security, or, not enough food to satisfy the needs (Schroeder, 2015). There are 4 defining attributes of food insecurity as defined by Krista Schroeder. The first is that somehow who is food insecure doesn’t know where from, if at all, their next meal will come from. Additionally, if the food is procured, they are unsure whether it will be enough food, to make them feel satiated. Lastly, food insecurity is characterized by the inability to live a healthy life …show more content…
Three of these programs are, as previously mentioned, food stamps, the special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants and children (WIC), and the National Nutrition Monitoring and Related Research act of 1990. Food stamps is probably the most widely known government program working to fight hunger in America. This program aids in reducing food insecurity because it is focused on providing the most assistance to those who really need the most assistance (Rosenbaum, 2005). Low-income people on food stamps have a greater availability to vital nutrients, otherwise completely out of their reach (Rosenbaum 205). With heightened access to nutritious food, malnutrition and health disparities can become much less of a problem (Rosenbaum, 2005). Another Program offered by our government is the WIC, designed to improve healthy birth rates and lower the cost of health care. This program reduces food insecurity by providing supplemental nutrition to mothers who were evaluated as being at nutritional risk (Rosenbaum, 2005). Not only does this help improve the mother’s health, it also leads to higher birth weights and significant health care savings in turn (Rosenbaum, 2005). Health disparities stem from food insecurity, both of which can occur from the day you are born. Programs like the WIC help …show more content…
It is the inability of people to receive adequate amounts of food, nutritious or not. Food insecurity often come from food deserts and causes health disparities. The differing level of health between races, ages, sexes and much more is something that can be greatly changed by the level of food insecurity one faces. With government programs like WIC, food stamps or, the NNMRR act of 1990 can provide to those with health disparities stemming from food insecurity and food deserts. These deserts are often found in impoverished areas, with inhabitants who have poor health. The general low level of income is the primary factor relating to health disparities, food deserts, and food insecurity in general. Though government programs do exist to aid these people, not each need is always met. It is important that as a nation we recognize that many people live with poor health or nutrition and even more so, without a choice to help themselves. Food insecurity means not knowing where your next meal will come from, something many Americans cannot imagine. Keeping up to date with government policies can aid those in deserts or food insecurity from becoming ill of

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