According to the recent report by America’s Health Rankings (AHR) food insecurity is a social and economic condition where access to food is limited or uncertain. Food insecurity is a lack of consistent access to enough safe, nutritious and socially acceptable food for an active, healthy and productive life. It can be cyclical, or episodic–associated with a crisis like COVID-19.

 In 2018, an estimated 37 million Americans, including 11 million children were food insecure. Food insecurity has broad effects on health due to the mental and physical stress that it places