Hunger is the personal, physical sensation of discomfort due to lack of food. Food insecurity is the lack of resources for a household’s food, according to Feeding America, a national network of 200 food banks. This course focuses on food insecurity.
The USDA defines food insecurity and two of its subcategories. A household is considered food insecure in general if, at certain times of the year, any members are uncertain of having—or are unable to acquire—enough food to meet their needs because of insufficient money or other resources for food. These household members may be unable to lead an active, healthy life because the family fits into either subcategory: