food insecure

variants: or less commonly food-insecure

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

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food insecurity noun

Examples of food insecure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prior to the pandemic, one in 10 older New Yorkers was food insecure, but now that number has soared to one in five, according to a study done by FoodBank NYC. NBC News, "Hidden hunger: Elderly hunger is on the rise during Covid," 17 Jan. 2021 Wunderli estimates 400 students from the network are food insecure; her organization serves 200 of them. Courtney Tanner, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Thousands of Utah kids are going hungry during pandemic," 1 Jan. 2021 By the People, a nonprofit that stemmed from the need to address food insecurity because of the pandemic has teamed up with East Oakland Collective to provide fresh, home cooked meals for the food insecure for Thanksgiving. Sarah Ravani,, "‘This is a blessing’: East Oakland nonprofit gives Thanksgiving dinners to families in need," 24 Nov. 2020 These words bring me right to the door of Carroll County Food Sunday and its work to feed the food insecure of our county in Westminster, Eldersburg and Taneytown. Hermine Saunders,, "Saunders: A special Thanksgiving message — just bringing some sunshine," 14 Nov. 2020 Feeding Medina County was also recognized for its work helping the food insecure in the county. Alyssa Alfano, cleveland, "Medina mayor shares COVID-19’s impact on state of the city," 7 Sep. 2020 Through a partnership with FEED Projects, Invivo x SJP has committed to donating a varying percentage per each individual purchase in order to reach their goal of 330,000 meals for those who are food insecure. Dayna Carney, Vogue, "How Sarah Jessica Parker Is Wining and Dining This Holiday Season," 23 Dec. 2020 Before the pandemic, about 1 in 10 people in Vermont were food insecure, but that jumped to 1 in 3 in late spring, Sayles said. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "As Americans go hungry, an innovative free-meal program is running out of money and time," 18 Dec. 2020 With businesses forced to shut down and schools relegated to remote learning, households rarely have been more stressed and, in some cases, food insecure. Phillip Morris, National Geographic, "2020 has tested our humanity. Where do we go from here?," 13 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of food insecure

1977, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of food insecure was in 1977

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30 Jan 2021

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“Food insecure.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2021.

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