July 1, 2016
Source: Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Food insecurity means not having regular access to an adequate quantity of nutritious food, and it is a real problem for many in the KC community. In the HCF service area, there are approximately 230,000 people facing food insecurity. Across both Kansas and Missouri, one in five children below the age of 18 live in households that have experienced food insecurity at some point in the previous year.
Food insecurity is associated with a range of chronic illnesses such as diabetes, high blood pressure, altered blood cholesterol and triglycerides, and various heart disease risk factors. It also has real effects on mental health.