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

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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 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, "‘I Know You’re Angry With Me Right Now Because You’re Hungry’," 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, "States scramble to prepare ahead of food stamps rule change," 4 Mar. 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. Sophia Tareen, Anchorage Daily News, "States scramble to prepare ahead of food stamps rule change," 4 Mar. 2020 Extra tie-downs are added to keep things like water and food secured. Jeff Yip, Houston Chronicle, "Resilient women hunt adventure, checkpoints in Rebelle Rally," 8 Nov. 2019 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, PEOPLE.com, "Summer Has Arrived — Here's How to Avoid Flesh-Eating Bacteria & More Warm Weather Health Hazards," 5 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'food secure.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of food secure

1982, in the meaning defined above

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23 May 2020

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“Food secure.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/food%20secure. Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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