Food Insecurity and the Low Income Family

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Food insecurity is an issue faced by millions of Americans every day, and the biggest group affected by this is working families with children. Food insecurity is so big that the United States government has now recognized it and provided a definition for it. The United States government has defined food insecurity as “a household level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food” (USDA.gov). Food banks and anti-hunger advocates agree that some of the causes of food insecurity are stagnant wages, increase in housing costs, unemployment, and inflation of the cost of food. These factors have caused food banks to see a change in the groups of people needing assistance. Doug O’Brien, director of public policy and research at Chicago-based Second Harvest says “’we’ve seen a real shift in who we serve. A decade ago, it was almost always homeless, single men and chronic substance abusers. Now we have children and working families at soup kitchens’” (Koch). These families that are feeling the effects of food insecurity will not be only ones affected by it, but all of America. Studies have shown that there is a link between food security, performance in the classroom, and obesity. If this issue is not faced head on, America will have a generation of children not fully prepared for the workforce and high health insurance rates due to obesity health issues. In providing help to people who find themselves in food insecure households, people can be found who are skeptic of their true need. One of biggest myths of the disadvantaged is that they have poor shopping habits or shop in convenience stores where prices are extremely higher than compared to those in grocery stores. Another ... ... middle of paper ... ...ies and nonprofits to expand and improve participation in federal nutrition programs and make sure all families have convenient access to reasonably priced, healthy food. The FRAC believes that even during the recession the United States could have ended hunger, however it is not practical to do so if the nation’s economy does not regain strength and starts to grow again. To provide people with jobs that have good wages and benefits to support families would need fiscal and monetary policies that restore and sustain growth Works Cited Weeks, Jennifer. “Farm Policy.” CQ Researcher 10 Aug. 2012: 693-716. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. “Economy.” CQ Researcher 15 June 2013. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. Katel, Peter. “Child Poverty.” CQ Researcher 28 Oct. 2011: 901-28. Web. 25 Nov. 2013. Katel, Peter. “Straining the Safety Net.” CQ Researcher 31 July 2009: 645-68. Web. 25 Nov. 2013.

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