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.” Nearly 18 percent of children in Montgomery County 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 presentation and discussion to:
- better understand food insecurity in Montgomery County;
- learn about the causes and implications of food insecurity for children; and
- discover local resources available and how the community is addressing this issue through the local health coalition.