"Along with being food insecure, you're exactly that. Insecure."
Barbie Izquierdo, Hunger Advocate, & “A Place at the Table” Documentary
Food insecurity affects 1 in 6 people in the United States. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) was designed to assist those struggling with food insecurity, yet SNAP monthly monetary assistance is often not enough to feed people for the entire month. Food insecurity can present itself through different challenges depending upon whether a person lives in an urban, rural, or suburban setting. With one-sixth of Americans not sure about where their next meal will come from, how is it possible that 40 percent of food gets wasted?
Steveanna Wynn, Executive Director of the SHARE Food Program, shares her thoughts about factors contributing to American food insecurity. Produced by Lauren Hight.
The business decisions that farmers make directly affects food availability. The crops they grow and how they distribute their food impacts the price that consumers pay. The government gives some assistance to fill the budget gap between what people can afford to pay and the actual price of food that is sold.
A person’s geographical location can play a major role in their level of food insecurity. Where people live can determine their distance to the nearest grocery store. In many places, people are not able to reveal their hunger issues to neighbors or even to seek help.
There is in fact enough food in the world to feed every single person, it’s just a matter of proper distribution. America is the leading country that contributes to food waste, throwing away nearly 133 billion pounds per year. This discarded food leaves an imprint on not only those who could be receiving it, but on the environment as well.