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ESC Annual Report 2018

FOOD & NUTRITION

FOOD & NUTRITION SOLUTIONS Food Insecurity WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE FOR SOUTHWEST MISSOURI FAMILIES AND CHILDREN? The concept of food security, as the United States Department of Agriculture defines it, refers to “access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.” They outline food security as a continuum divided into four ranges, here are the two lowest ranges. Low food security: Households reduced the quality, variety, desirability of their diets, but the quantity of food intake and normal eating patterns were not substantially disrupted. Very low food security: At times during the year, eating patterns of one or more household members were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and other resources for food. All Americans in our communities deserve healthy, easy access and affordable food. Inadequate nutrition can lead to unnecessary financial burdens and in children the inability to focus during school hours. Food Insecurity includes: increased health care costs due to weight related disease, low work productivity, missed work and the mental stress 6

FOOD & NUTRITION SOLUTIONS caused by food insecurity. Through other services and partnerships we address nutrition needs and healthy eating with families with have engaged. All of our families work toward self-sufficiency goals by increasing their education skills which leads to higher earning capacity. Having limited income creates stress for families when it comes to food shopping, access to fresh local grown food, especially the ability to purchase fresh vegetables and fruits. Economic Security Corporation can help resolve some of these issues through outreach, intake, assessment and referrals to organizations who can stretch Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAPS) or by assisting families access SNAPS. Two of ESC’s Counties have some significant Food Insecurities noted: • Barton County has 24.49% of their children under the age of 18 report being food insecure. • In McDonald County over 68% of their children under the age of 18 report being food insecure. 7

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