Food insecurity in Henderson County

Food insecurity is particularly troublesome for children who do not have the power or the means to take care of themselves and who must depend on the adults in their lives to do so. NC Child reports that in 2015, “more than 1 in 6 U.S. children (18 percent) lived in households that were food-insecure at some point during the year, and 0.7 percent experienced the most severe level of need, where food intake is reduced and regular eating patterns are disrupted.” The term “food-insecure” is used by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to refer to the “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.”

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