The Cycle of Food Insecurity
There are 41 million people in the U.S.
who are food insecure on a daily basis.
Food insecurity and chronic disease go hand in hand. Its either that an individual or family cannot afford enough nutritious food, it isn’t available in their area or both.
There are many food banks and programs to get food to those in need and we salute those efforts. Although it is a valiant effort to feed the hungry, the food that is generally trucked in and supplied is canned or boxed. Fresh produce is rarely seen, not providing the needed nutrients these people need to prevent disease.
Poor nutrition can make disease management even more challenging. Further, the time and money needed to respond to these worsening health crises drains the household budget, leaving little money for essential nutrition and medical care.
Many families experiencing food insecurity often have several, if not all, compounding factors which makes maintaining good health extremely difficult. The populations depending on food banks without fresh produce have the poorest diets and this causes the cycle to perpetuate.