Food security* means access by all members of a household at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. At a minimum, food security includes:
Thus, Food Insecurity* is limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways.
*Definitions are from the Life Sciences Research Office, S.A. Andersen, ed., “Core Indicators of Nutritional State for Difficult to Sample Populations,” The Journal of Nutrition 120:1557S-1600S, 1990.
The chart below details the steps between complete Food Insecurity to complete Food Security, and is used by food banks, educators, and anti-hunger advocates to help explain the problem and give individuals a flowchart to become more food secure.