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You might be food insecure if the food that you  bought didn’t last as long as planned and you didn’t have money to get more. – US Food Security Scale

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Children with unemployed parents have higher rates of food insecurity than children with employed parents – USDA Economic Research Service

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In rural areas access to healthy foods is also affected by lack of transportation and long distances between residences and supermarkets or grocery stores. – USDA Economic Research Service

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Workers who experienced hunger as children are not as well prepared physically, mentally, emotionally, or socially to perform effectively in the contemporary workforce. Nokidhungry.org

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A higher prevalence of depression is observed with worsening food insecurity. While very low food security was significantly associated with even higher odds of depression. – Journal of Nutrition

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Food insecurity may have profound effects on child development, including mental health risks for children from food insecure homes. Oshner Journal

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As the severity of childhood food insecurity increases, so do the odds of youth having a mental disorder or mental disorder with increasingly higher levels of impairment. – Journal of Nutrition

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The condition of food insecurity includes both inadequate quantities and inadequate quality of nutrients available. Nokiodhungry.org

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Youth is a critical time for mental disorders, which are linked to food insecurity, because first onset is usually at this time. With 50% of mental disorders experienced by age 14. – Journal of Nutrition

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Because food insecurity weakens the immune system, food insecure children are more vulnerable to infections, thus end up hospitalized with illnesses that their food secure peers fight off successfully.Nokidhungry.org

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