What exactly is food insecurity?
Food insecurity is when you are uncertain that you will have enough safe and healthy food that meets your cultural standards. Food insecurity can create a “domino effect” of negative consequences in life: low birth-weight and birth defects; obesity; mental health issues; dental health problems; poor educational outcomes; and long-term economic costs.
Accessing and affording healthy foods can be a struggle in many communities. In some areas of Nebraska, a grocery store may not be within walking distance, causing families to depend on city transportation, their own vehicles or even friends to get to a store for food. The lack of accessible grocery stores in an area is known as a food desert. To find out where the food deserts are in your area, go to http://www.ers.usda.gov/data/
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