Basic Facts About Food Insecurity Among Children in the United States, 2008

Wight, Vanessa; Thampi, Kalyani

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), food security is defined as having, “dependable access to enough food for active, healthy living.” Conversely, food insecurity, or the lack of consistent access to adequate food, means that the “the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food.” The USDA classifies households by the level of food insecurity they have experienced (for example, low or very low food security). The food insecurity status of households with children is further classified by whether it affects only adults or whether it affects children and by the level of food insecurity among the children.

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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
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July 14, 2011