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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.

Food Access

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/fooddesert.

To learn more about how we are helping improve access to food, click here.

Consider What’s at Stake

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That child who doesn’t have enough to eat isn’t going to do well in school.

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And is more likely to get sick more often.

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She’s less likely to graduate from high school and go on to college, which will have a negative impact on her economic future.

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If this happens, then 20 years from now, she’s much less likely to be able to earn enough to feed her family.