Food Insecurity : An Organization Essay

1608 Words Dec 1st, 2016 7 Pages
Food insecurity, described by the USDA as “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food,” is a worldwide epidemic that has recently been more brought to light. Poverty-stricken families all over the world continue to face the reality of not knowing where their next meal is coming from. Even today, 1 in 6 Americans remain food insecure. 1 in 10 of the adults served by Feeding America, an organization aimed at reducing food insecurity, is currently a student in college. Other than the American student, low income families, ethnic communities, and part-time workers suffer from food insecurity as well. Sadly, nearly half of them have to choose between their general living and/or educational expenses or buying food.

On the contrary, the average food distributor, whether high scale restaurant or grocery store, wastes about 150,000 pounds of food each year or 120,000 meals. This isn 't food that is scraps, it is food that has not been eaten and placed in a landfill, therefore still edible. By wasting this food, more people suffer from food insecurity when the food can be going to them. Food wasting has a negative impact on society, the economy and the environment.

Economically, wasted food is equivalent to wasted money. 218 billion dollars is spent yearly on food that is never eaten. Environmentally, wasted food contributes to the greenhouses gases released in our air. It also decreases our freshwater supply because it…

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