The Facts about Food Insecurity
Partnering globally, fighting locally
First, a few key facts…
- Around the world, someone dies of hunger every 3.6 seconds.*
- 41 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including 13 million children.*
- In 2016, 3 million households were unable at times during the year to provide adequate, nutritious food for their children.*
- Children struggling with hunger are 31% more likely to be hospitalized at some point during their childhood.*
- By third grade, children who had been food insecure in kindergarten saw a 13% drop in their reading & math test scores compared to food-secure peers.*
- 62% of teachers say children in their classrooms are coming to school hungry.*
- Children facing hunger are twice as likely to repeat a grade in elementary school.*
What is food insecurity?
The USDA defines food insecurity as a state in which “consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.”
A household that is food insecure worries that their food supply will run out before being able to buy more. They may not know where their next meal is coming from, either because they don’t have the funds or the access to more food.
Not to be confused with hunger, food insecurity describes a household situation, while hunger describes the physiological state of pain and discomfort a person experiences due to reduced food intake.
Why does it happen?
In developing countries, rapid population growth, fragile ecosystems, and limited natural resources impact people’s food supply.
In developed countries, other factors affect food availability, such as growth in per capita food demand and widening gaps between rich and poor.
What can we do?
The problem is real, but the solutions are practical. Small choices we each make every day can turn the tide on hunger. Everyone, from shoppers grabbing something for dinner on their way home to farmers raising that dinner for them, can all extend a hand to stop food insecurity.
Spotlight: Drive to Feed
The mission of Nutra Blend’s Drive to Feed initiative is to dispel the myths and misconceptions that often surround modern agriculture due to bias and misunderstanding that is found in today’s media.
In 2013, Nutra Blend created the Chew on This tour, turning a tractor-trailer into a mobile theater and took it around the country, showing videos that dispelled the myths and misconceptions about our food supply and educating that hunger is the biggest killer in the world today. Hundreds of thousands visited the mobile theater, each leaving with more knowledge on modern agriculture and its amazing practices to feed a hungry world.
In 2014, Nutra Blend launched Drive to Feed Kids, joining with customers and suppliers to help feed food insecure children in their local communities. Millions of meals have been provided to food insecure kids across the U.S.
In 2015, Chew on This evolved from a mobile theater to the big screen. Drive the Message was born with the unveiling of the made-for-TV film, Ivy League Farmer. From there, a second movie, Where the Fast Lane Ends and television show Chasing Down Madison Brown was introduced.
In 2016, the Drive: No Boundaries mission was introduced as a fundraising effort to help hungry children across the world, starting with Haiti. During the launch, a live and silent auction raised more than $1.4 million in one night for a nonprofit organization, Meds and Food for Kids, in Haiti.
Drive to Feed has grown exponentially through the support and partnership of the agriculture community. Through these missions, modern agriculture is reaching society in its true, positive light. Through these missions, hungry children across the world and right here in the U.S. are receiving the food they desperately need. Together, these three missions have turned into a unified movement with a bright future ahead.
“First and foremost, we want to bring awareness to the food insecurity issues that we have right here in our own country. We have a responsibility to take action.”
— Jeff Cannon, Diamond V