Food Insecurity is the limited or uncertain access to affordable, nutritious food. Hunger is a physiological condition that results from food insecurity.

The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) reports that 15.0 million U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2017.

Feeding America reports that 1 out of 11 Minnesota households are currently affected by hunger, Minnesotans miss 100 million meals each year because of need even when food banks are considered, and Minnesota’s child food insecurity is 13.8%.

According to Hunger Solutions, approximately 36,000 children a week in Minnesota eat lunch via the Summer Food Service Program, but this represents only 14 out of every 100 eligible children.