A Look at Food Insecurity in the U.S.

Home to over 600,000 restaurants, multiple television channels devoted entirely to food, and hundreds of thousands of acres of farm and grazing land, the United States certainly appears to be home to an endless supply of sustenance; however, for one in six people living in this country, that’s not the case.

Food insecurity is a national epidemic impacting our most vulnerable citizens – our children and elderly – and reaching far beyond our pockets of inner-city poverty. In fact, much of what one might assume about food insecurity is often misinformed. Food insecurity is a reality for many hard-working adults, rural communities, and those who felt they had properly prepared for their retirement.

Take a few moments to follow along as we look at the impact food insecurity is having on communities across the country and likely within the very one you live.

As you step into your restaurant or home kitchens, consider the lessons you too can implement to reduce waste. For more information on food insecurity and the impact Feeding America is making in the fight against hunger, check out our article on Elaine Streno: The Anti-Hunger Advocate. For more information on reducing waste in your home kitchens, visit the other articles in our Zero-Waste Series.

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Waste Not, Want Not: A Zero Waste Series

Infographic about Food Insecurity in the US

Design: Jeremy Dailey

Chelsea B. Sanz
Chelsea B. Sanz

Chelsea Sanz has lived in East Tennessee since her family moved here from South Florida just before she started high school. While she initially begrudged her new home state, she eventually realized she had come to not only love it, but to “bleed orange” as University of Tennessee Volunteers fans here like to say. She and her boyfriend Hunter, a trail worker for Great Smoky Mountains National Park, enjoy exploring the nation’s most visited national park and coming up with their own farm-to-table recipes.

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