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Food insecurity and access

Food insecurity occurs when a household cannot acquire enough food to meet the needs of all its members. During the recent economic downturn, estimated levels of food insecurity have soared. In 2010, 17.2 million, or 15 percent, of households in the United States were food-insecure. In comparison, in 1999, only 10 percent of U.S. households were food insecure. In this article, we explore the relationship between access to food and food insecurity. Specifically, we look at the effect of different types of food retailers on adult food insecurity.


Food & Nutrition, Food Insecurity, Place, Spatial Mismatch