What is “Food Insecurity?”

What is "Food Insecurity" and what does it look like in America?

Food insecurity refers to USDA's measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time.  Food insecurity may reflect a household's need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.

Food insecurity exists in every county in South Dakota. But not everyone struggling with hunger qualifies for federal nutrition assistance.  Feeding America's annual Map the Meal Gap Project shows the food insecurity rates for every county in our state. 


View Feeding America's complete Map the Meal Gap Project.