food insecurity


plural food insecurities
: the fact or an instance of being unable to consistently access or afford adequate food
The USDA defines food insecurity as a household's inability to provide enough food for each person to live an active, healthy lifestyle. Food insecurity can also occur when there is an abundance of processed, pre-packaged, calorie-dense foods, because these foods do not contain adequate nutrition.The Northeast Mississippi (Tupelo) Daily Journal
The federal government often allocates funds to help citizens facing food insecurity and other socio-economic hardships …Yssis Cano-Santiago
This past year has laid bare concerns about food insecurities in this country. The pandemic has led to shortages in the grocery store on essential items like toilet paper and meat.Amanda Radke

Examples of food insecurity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The new report found that under the 2-degree warming scenario, there would be 525 million additional people experiencing significant food insecurity by 2031-2060. Dr. Khushali Jhaveri, ABC News, 14 Nov. 2023 Internally, acute food insecurity has spiked, with 6 million people on the precipice of famine, according to relief organizations operating inside Sudan. Howard Lafranchi, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Oct. 2023 In a meeting with young members of Future Farmers of America from the Midwest, the pitch involved food insecurity and Russia’s harsh efforts to block shipments of Ukrainian grain, which contribute to shortages in key parts of the world. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Sep. 2023 Additionally, 40% of HBCU students experience food insecurity according to data from the National Postsecondary Student Aid Study. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 3 Nov. 2023 Since the closure began in 2007, restrictions on the import of goods, the movement of people and access to basic resources like electricity have produced dire conditions for Palestinians, including over 45% unemployment and food insecurity among 70% of households. Michael Vicente Perez, Fortune, 1 Nov. 2023 Some 20 million Sudanese people face acute food insecurity. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 30 Aug. 2023 Before the Covid-19 pandemic, there had been improvements in addressing food insecurity among kids, said Lisa Davis, the senior vice president of Share Our Strength, a national organization working to end childhood hunger and poverty. Elizabeth Chuck, NBC News, 25 Oct. 2023 One of the ironies is that despite the relatively positive global crop situation, the world’s push to reduce food insecurity has stalled. Laurent Belsie, The Christian Science Monitor, 12 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of food insecurity was in 1950

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“Food insecurity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

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