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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

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

Consider What’s at Stake

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

And is more likely to get sick more often.

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

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