What is Food Security?
Matthew's Crossing is dedicated to improving our community so all people in need have regular access to adequate and nutritious food to lead a healthy life. We are do our best to educate our clients on ways to be food secure again.
Hunger is . . .Not getting enough food to provide the nutrients (carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals and water) for a fully productive and active life. Hunger is having uneasy or painful sensations caused by lack of food. Hunger is the recurrent and involuntary lack of access to food.
Food Insecurity is . . .Experiencing limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or uncertain economic and physical ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
Food Security is . . .“All people at all times having physical and economic access to sufficient food to meet their dietary needs for a productive and healthy life” ( Click here for the USDA’s definition of Food Security )
What is Food Insecurity and What Does it Look Like in America?
Food Insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.
Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food Insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing and medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
Click here to see the 2013 Feeding America’s Food Insecurity Data in by counties in Arizona to learn more about your neighbors struggling with hunger.