Food insecurity has long-term effects on the mental, physical, social and economic health of children and families. Households for which the availability of food is uncertain, insufficient or limited due to economic, physical or other constraints are considered “food insecure.” In Jefferson County, 19 percent of children live in households without secure access to adequate nutritious food.
When children don’t get enough food, or don’t have a well-rounded diet, they have more trouble performing in school and maintaining overall health than their peers. Research shows food insecure children are more likely to suffer from illness, to have developmental delays, and to have health deficiencies that track into adulthood.
Join us for this panel discussion to:
- better understand the definition of food insecurity;
- learn about the causes and implications of food insecurity for families and the community; and
- discover community resources available in Jefferson County to those who are food insecure.