The term “food insecure” is used frequently when addressing the issue of hunger. And unless you work in that particular field, you may find yourself feeling knowledge-insecure about what it actually means. Well, simply put, food insecure means that a person is not confident about where they will find their next meal.
It may seem hard to believe that in the great metropolis of Chicago, teeming with revered restaurants and a sought-after food scene, that 1 out of 4 children are considered food insecure.
Who is helping:
Food pantries have been a long-time staple that holds together resources and security. According to the Food and Agriculture Operations of the United Nations (FAO), “Food assistance helps build the basis for long-term food security, and is particularly important in countries in protracted crisis.” And while the FAO is dealing with hunger on a global scale, food insecurity presents itself in our own backyards.
One of FAO’s recommended actions to enhance food security is to “promote local institutions that support livelihoods.”* This is what we hope to achieve with iFindit – to help Chicagoans by highlighting service organizations in different parts of the city.
How many food pantries are in your community? First, try to find them. Second, tell us what you discover. The answer may surprise you.
*Food and Agriculture Organizations of the United Nations (2010, October). The State of Food Insecurity in the World; Addressing Food Insecurity in Protracted Crisis. Presented at Economic and Social Development Department Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations Rome.