What is Food Insecurity?
Food insecurity is a problem that affects at least 12 million American children and their families. The effects are wide-ranging and serious, but as a community we can work to fight food insecurity.
Feeding America defines food insecurity as “a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. This can be a temporary situation for a household or can last a long time”. This definition is important because it helps us understand the scope and severity of this issue.
Food Insecurity in America.
A study done by Feeding America found that in “all 50 states and Washington, D.C., the estimated rate of child food insecurity is higher than the rate of overall food insecurity”. What about in our community? In 2018 the Child Food Insecurity rate in Okaloosa county was 18%. During the same year In Walton county the Child Food Insecurity rate was 22%.