Hunger's Impact


What is Hunger?

Definition of Hunger (Miriam Webster)

a:  a craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrient
b:  an uneasy sensation occasioned by the lack of food
c:  a weakened condition brought about by prolonged lack of food

Hunger is an individual-level physiological condition that may result from food insecurity.

Definition of Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food.

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.  Source.

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