Hunger And Food Insecurity : The Food Insecure Essay

792 Words Sep 2nd, 2016 4 Pages
Who is "hungry" or the "food-insecure" in America?
Hunger and food insecurity affects millions of Americans in the United States. The Individuals affected by hunger and food insecurity are primarily households that live at or below the poverty line. According to Feeding America.org (n.d.), more than 46 million Americans were in poverty in 2014 and more than 48 million in the United States lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children. Hunger and food insecurity affects a number of different populations, however, it affects some more than others. The households that tend to struggle with hunger and food insecurity the most are households that have children under the age of eighteen and single-parent households. Black and Hispanic households also have higher rates of hunger and food insecurity. According to the United States Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service (2015), in 2014, 35.3% of single mother households and 21.7% of single father households struggled with food insecurity. While 26.1% of Black, non-Hispanic households and 22.4% of Hispanic households struggled with food insecurity in 2014. The prevalence of hunger and food insecure in the United States is astounding. I am absolutely shocked at these statistics. Honestly, I had no idea that hunger in the United States was so prevalent.

What is a "food desert?"
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