Hunger & Food Security
Hunger and food insecurity are derivatives of poverty, which limits a household’s ability to purchase food. Research shows that the lower a household’s income, the greater the likelihood that members of the household will have insufficient food. Adequate nutrition is critical for healthy living, yet the ability to access and purchase healthy food can be limited for people with low incomes.
Strategies to address hunger and increase food security include enabling food stamps to be accepted at the farmer’s market, creating a mobile food pantry to serve residents without transportation to food assistance agencies, creating more efficient tools to connect individuals and families with food assistance, and creating opportunities for fresh and nutritious foods to be made available at local pantries and food banks. Another possibility is linking economic-development and educational programs to the issue of food security by creating experiential and learning opportunities through social-enterprise businesses based on organic agriculture.