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September: Hunger Action Month
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The US Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as "US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines as “a household-level economic and social condition of limited or uncertain access to adequate food." (1) In 2018, estimates showed that more than 37 million Americans were food insecure.
According to Feeding America, "One 'bad month' can be enough to plunge a household into food insecurity. Lay-offs at work, unexpected car maintenance or an accident on the job can suddenly force a family to choose between buying food and paying bills. Working families across America face countless situations that can result in food insecurity and hunger." (2)
Food insecurity can impact multiple areas of one's life:
Effects of COVID-19 on Food Insecurity
According to the Pew Research Center, "Unemployment rose higher in three months of COVID-19 than it did in two years of the Great Recession" (6). Families lost sometimes multiple incomes, resulting in hardships they may not have had to face before. According to a study from Feeding America, places that typically experienced low rates of food insecurity before COVID-19 will see the largest relative increases in food insecurity (7). Vince Hall, CEO of Feeding San Diego, told NBC News that they're seeing a more than 40% increase in demand and many new faces (8). Supplies and donations to food banks have decreased, especially when stay-at-home orders were first implemented. Many grocery stores that previously donated to food banks now saw their own shelves empty as people started panic-buying. Some local food pantries also had to close their doors when contactless pick-up wasn't an option (8).
Feeding America suggests a number of ways to participate in Hunger Action Month:
The state of food security and nutrition in the world 2020 (free eBook from the World Health Organization)
Food Insecurity (from healthypeople.gov)
Food Insecurity: A Public Health Issue (from the U.S. National Library of Medicine)
The COVID-19 Crisis Has Already Left Too Many Children Hungry in America (from The Brookings Institution)
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Fall 2020 Semester Hours:
The MCC Library will be open to currently enrolled MCC students only until further notice.
Monday through Thursday:
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Monday, September 7 -- Labor Day
Tuesday, November 3 -- Election Day
Wednesday-Friday, November 25-27 -- Thanksgiving Recess
If you are food insecure and would like assistance,
Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services
Contact Rachel Boldman, Director of Crisis Intervention and Prevention Services
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The following is a helpful list of keywords and Subject Terms for searching databases like Academic Search Complete.
|Food security||Food insecurity AND health outcomes|
|Food security measures||Food supply chain|
|Food security laws||Food deserts AND obesity|
|Food deserts||Food insecurity AND Poverty|
|Food supply||Transgenic Organisms (use for GMOs) AND food security|
|Food insecurity||Biotechnology AND food security|
|Food security AND nutrition||Food pantry|
|Food security AND climate change||Food banks|
|Food security AND education||Food relief|
|Food insecurity AND college students||Emergency food supply|