Here’s the annual food security and insecurity report produced by the USDA’s Economic Research Service. The report details the annual trends in food insecurity and offers a good overview of the term and what it actually means.
North Carolina turns up again on the list of states with high levels of food insecurity and is among 14 with rates above the national average. An estimated 16.7 percent of the 3.9 million households are are classified as food insecure with nearly 7 percent having very low food security.
The state’s three year moving average saw a .4 percent drop.
What Is Food Security?
Food security for a household means access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food security includes at a minimum:
The ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods.
Assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies).
…and Food Insecurity?
Food insecurity is limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
• North Carolina Fact Sheet (includes food security overview)