food secure

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

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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

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When the meal is ready for delivery, a restaurant employee places the order in a locker system in the car, which will keep the food secure. Erin Corbett, Fortune, "Ford Is Working on a Self-Driving Delivery Service with Postmates," 11 June 2018 Campers are encouraged to keep all food secured in tents, and to use food lockers when available. Lindsay Kimble,, "Summer Has Arrived — Here's How to Avoid Flesh-Eating Bacteria & More Warm Weather Health Hazards," 5 June 2018

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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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