food secure

adjective
also food-secure

Definition of food secure

: able to consistently access or afford adequate food A food-secure household is not simply fed—it is free from the fear of hunger and not forced into unthinkable options (heat or eat) or short-sighted decisions (cheap, quick calories versus more nourishing choices).— Jim Hanna

Other Words from food secure

food security noun
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines "food security" as access at all times by all people within a household to enough food for an active, healthy life. "Food insecurity," on the other hand, occurs when a household's consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year. — Elyse Miller

Examples of food secure in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Protecting and building habitats for pollinators keeps crop production in balance and food secure. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 9 June 2022 Qatar is the 24th most food secure country in the world as of 2021, ranking highest among Gulf Arab states, according to the Global Food Security Index. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 2 May 2022 About 30% of patients screened in certain Eskenazi clinics were not food secure. Shari Rudavsky, The Indianapolis Star, 29 Sep. 2021 The microwave- and dishwasher-safe bento box is also leakproof and shock-resistant to keep your food secure from home to work. Lily Gray, PEOPLE.com, 30 Aug. 2021 The locking lid keeps food secure when transporting this slow cooker. Bre Richey, chicagotribune.com, 1 Mar. 2021 Seventy percent of poor families in the United States are food secure. Lisa Deaderick, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Oct. 2020 Even families who are currently food secure said that seeing empty grocery store shelves brings up painful memories and anxieties. Virginia Sole-smith, New York Times, 7 May 2020 People with food insecurity spend 45% more on medical care annually than those who are food secure, according to a 2018 report by the nonprofit Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of food secure

1982, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of food secure was in 1982

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26 Jun 2022

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“Food secure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/food%20secure. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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