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Food insecurity amongst seniors and vulnerable individuals

The rise in inflation is bringing trouble for those already reeling from the financial impact of the pandemic. Food insecurity is defined as a shortage of affordable food and an overall lack of access to sufficient and nutritional foods.

"In 2020, an estimated 1 in 8 Americans were food insecure, equating to over 38 million Americans, including almost 12 million children," according to hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org.

Food insecurity occurs when there is not enough food in the home, or when there is a lack of access to food, which disrupts one's own eating pattern.

"Food insecurity does not exist in isolation, as low-income families are affected by multiple, overlapping issues like lack of affordable housing, social isolation, economic/social disadvantage resulting from structural racism, chronic or acute health problems, high medical costs, and low wages," according to hungerandhealth.feedingamerica.org

In Colorado alone there are more than "566,000 people [that are] food insecure," according to communityfoodshare.org.


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