Food insecurity is one of those things that we know exists, but don’t pay attention to because our lives are situated with such privilege. Most don’t realize that there is food insecurity within the United States, almost 38 million Americans suffer from food insecurity. Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to food in a way that impares quality of life. With the current war in Ukraine, and various other socio-political and economic factors, inflation has hit the world hard, affecting the prices of everyday things like groceries. This rise in price may annoy some but it is worsening the issue of food insecurity.
Basic access to healthy nutritional foods should be universal, but in the United States, it overwhelmingly affects minority communities. Food insecurity ends up being another way in which systematic oppression operates. When individuals can’t find work that provides adequate pay and are forced to work multiple jobs to live, the rise in the price of food places further stress on these individuals. For low income families there is the extra issue of feeding multiple people, and somehow paying for enough food. While there are great programs, like food stamps and food donation centers, there are negative stigmas surrounding being on those programs that often deter people from using them. With some believing that they are a waste of government spending they often ridicule others for having or seeking assistance. With such a negative view on programs that provide so much help, constituents of many states allow it to affect their vote, and state leaders follow that with action.
During the pandemic it has been difficult to find work for many, and though there have been stimulus checks and other government assistance, it has still hit families hard. And because there was so much lash back over the government assistance and debates on how much it should be or if it should exist at all there is a reverse going on within government aid packages. While about 40 million Americans are on food stamps, the program is not keeping up with inflation. Instead, it is being reduced in some states because leaders see dropping them in an attempt to return to normal. This disregards the fact that times are not reverting back to what they were at the speed everyone wants them to, and these harsh cuts can lead to really negative outcomes.
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