Hunger’s face in America is that of our neighbors, coworkers, families and friends. Through Feeding America and hundreds of food banks like FOOD Share across the nation, millions every month are gaining access to healthy food combined with nutritional education. FOOD Share is grateful to a community that prioritizes our local poverty issues with a focus on creating opportunities for our most vulnerable. Ventura County’s food insecurity rates are closely monitored along with thousands across that nation. As a member of the Feeding America Network, FOOD Share continues to join the table to address food insecurity and solutions for our local neighborhoods.
What is food insecurity?
Food insecurity across American households’ means there is a lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. There are 49 million people across the U.S. who are food insecure including 16 million children. Statistically, as poverty and unemployment increase and home ownership decreases, food insecurity increases.
Household have to make sacrifices:
69% had to choose between food and utilities
66% had to choose between food and medical care
31% had to choose between food and education
Healthcare takes a hit in households with food insecurity:
58% have a member with high blood pressure; 77% in senior households
33% have a member with diabetes; 47% in senior households
Members of food insecure household are our neighbors, family and friends:
41% have a member with a post high school education
1 in 10 adults is currently in school
20% have a member who has served in the US military