Food security and access to nutritious food is a major social determinant of health. Since food is the most fundamental need for survival, the ability to access healthy food impacts other social determinants, such as education, housing, income and employment, and healthcare. Further, reducing food waste and lessening the impact on landfills helps to improve another social determinant – environmental quality.
Adults and children who are food insecure are:
- 2-3x more likely to have anemia
- 1.4-2.6x more likely to have asthma
- 2x more likely of being in fair or poor health
- Children are more likely to have an Adverse Childhood Experience – a traumatic event in a person’s life occurring before the age of 18 that the person remembers as an adult.