Defining Food Insecurity

Food insecurity is a globally-recognised problem that refers to the inability to consume both a sufficient quantity and adequate quality of food in a way that is socially acceptable.[1]  While acknowledging the interrelatedness of these two issues, this policy report focuses on the former strand of food insecurity pertaining to quantity that is experienced by children who are unfed during the school day.

[1] Kathy L. Radimer et. al., “Understanding Hunger and Developing Indicators to Assess it in Women and Children,” Journal of Nutrition Education 24, no. 1 (1992): 37.