Hunger and Food Security

Hunger affects people of every age, gender and race, including people who live in urban and rural environments. Negative outcomes that have been associated with food insecurity in children, adolescents and adults include substandard academic performance, inadequate intake of key nutrients, poor health, increased risk for chronic disease, reduced disease management and poor psychological and cognitive functioning. 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics believes that systematic and sustained action is needed to achieve food and nutrition security for everyone in the U.S. Interventions can eliminate food insecurity, including adequate funding for and increased utilization of food and nutrition assistance programs, inclusion of food and nutrition education in such programs, and innovative programs to promote and support individual and household economic self-sufficiency.