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The State of Food Insecurity in America

Published on: April 28, 2020. Updated on: October 20, 2020.

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Prior to COVID-19, it was estimated that 1 in 9 people in the US were food insecure and lacked consistent access to enough food and nutritious options. Food insecurity, while tied to poverty, is also impacted by other social determinants of health, including access to transportation, housing and social isolation. As people practice social distancing and quarantine, many are faced with new challenges accessing and affording food.

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Scope of the issue and those at risk: USDA, Household Food Security in the United States in 2018, 2019

Barriers to food access: Healthy People 2020, Food Insecurity, 2014

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