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Eating Healthy on a Budget Guide

This libguide provides information and resources regarding eating healthy on a budget.

What is Food Insecurity?


According to Feeding America, food insecurity is described as a household’s inability to provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. In the United States currently, 1 in 9 people struggle with hunger. 

What are the effects of food insecurity?


Some of the most common, effects of food insecurity include:

  • Serious health complications, especially when people facing hunger are forced to choose between spending money on food and medicine or medical care

  • Damage to a child’s ability to learn and grow

  • Difficult decisions for seniors — often living on fixed incomes — such as choosing between paying for food and critical healthcare.

What causes food insecurity?


Causes of Food Insecurity

  • Layoffs at work

  • Unexpected car maintenance

  • Accidents on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills

  • Working families across America face countless situations that can result in food insecurity and hunger