Food Security

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USDA’s labels describe ranges of food security:

  • Food Security
    • High food security (old label=Food security): no reported indications of food-access problems or limitations.
    • Marginal food security (old label=Food security): one or two reported indications—typically of anxiety over food sufficiency or shortage of food in the house. Little or no indication of changes in diets or food intake.
  • Food Insecurity
    • Low food security (old label=Food insecurity without hunger): reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake.
    • Very low food security (old label=Food insecurity with hunger): Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake.

Source: USDA.

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