So what exactly is food insecurity? According to the USDA, the social problem of food insecurity is defined as poverty-related insecurity around the physical and economic lack of access to adequate food for an active healthy lifestyle. This can cause life threatening physical, neurological, psychological, and social consequences. If most of us think back, we can recall at some point learning about Abraham Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs theory. In order to move up in the pyramid, you must achieve the previous level. See below for a quick refresher!
- In 2012, 870 million people of the 7.1 billion people in the world, or 1 in 8, were suffering from chronic hunger/undernourishment. 
- In 2012, 50 million people, or 14.5% of all United States households were experiencing chronic food insecurity. Of this, about 20 million were children, which is 22.5% of the entire U.S. child population!!! This equates to about 1 in 6 adults and 1 in 4 children.
- Consumers, retailers, and restaurants throw away more that 100 billion pounds of edible food each year!
- Even here in Larimer County Colorado, 13.5% of the population or 40,080 residents, and 17.7%, or 11,200 children under the age of 18, are struggling with chronic hunger.
“Map The Meal Gap” stats and info: http://www.foodbanklarimer.org/About%20Hunger/Hunger101/Map%20the%20Meal%20Gap.aspx
The Interactive Map:
We always welcome volunteers and would love to see tons of people at our upcoming events:
1) Season Extender Workshop on Saturday 2/22/2014 from 1-3pm (http://www.thegrowingproject.org/tgp-university.html)
2) Food For Thought Film Festival Fundraiser 3/6/2014 from 7-10p (http://www.thegrowingproject.org/events.html)
Thank you for reading and have a wonderful day!!
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 Maslow, A.H. (1943). A Theory of Human Motivation. Psychological Review, 50(4), 370-396. doi: 10.1037/h0054346
 World Hunger Education Service. (2013). 2013 World Hunger and Poverty Statistics. Retrieved from URL http://www.worldhunger.org/articles/Learn/world%20hunger%20facts%202002.htm
 Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress. (2012). SNAP to Health: A Fresh Approach to Improving Nutrition in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Retrieved from http://www.snaptohealth.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/CSPC-SNAP-Report.pdf
 Karger, H.J., & Stoesz, D. (2013). American Social Welfare Policy: A Pluralist Approach (7th Ed). Boston, MA: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN-10: 0-205-92240-6
 Feeding America. (2011). Map the Meal Gap. Retrieved from URL http://www.foodbanklarimer.org/About%20Hunger/Hunger101/Map%20the%20Meal%20Gap.aspx