food insecure

adjective
variants: or less commonly food-insecure
Updated on: 3 Dec 2017

Definition of food insecure

: unable to consistently access or afford adequate food
  • According to data released last week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 17 percent of Americans—more than 50 million people—live in households that are "food insecure," a term that means a family sometimes runs out of money to buy food, or it sometimes runs out of food before it can get more money.
  • —Lisa Miller
  • A food-insecure household may be faced with the difficult choice of paying for basic necessities, such as health care and housing, or buying nutritionally adequate foods.
  • —Elyse Miller

food insecurity

noun

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First Known Use of food insecure

1977


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