Share of Cost – Food Insecurity and Food Allergy

Friday, Aug. 28th 2020 8:56 AM

As coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) spreads in communities across America, local, state, and federal agencies are working to reduce the impact of food insecurity. The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as inadequate access to affordable and nutritious food. In 2018, 11% of US households were considered food insecure, meaning they had difficulty at some time during the year obtaining enough food for all members of their household, due to lack of resources.1 Pandemics adversely affect food supply chains and as COVID-19 impacts the lives of millions of Americans, the greatest burden will be felt by low-income families.

Although drastic measures are being taken to reduce the impact of COVID-19, food-insecure families with food allergies (FAs) and other food-related conditions remain vulnerable.

FA is a potentially life-threatening condition, affecting 10.6% of adults and 7.6% of children in the United States. Patients with FA must eliminate allergens from their diet, resulting in costly grocery bills and an impaired quality of life. Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information

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