What does the Term “Food Insecurity” Actually Mean?

The USDA defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life. But what does that actually mean?

Most people think the only people or households that are “food insecure” are those that qualify for or receive SNAP benefits. But the terms includes many more people and households than that.

In short, a person, family, household, etc. is food insecure simply if they  have an economic and social condition that makes them have limited or uncertain access to adequate food. This includes so many more people than those who are “poor.”

Defining Characteristics of Food Insecurity

The defining characteristic of very low food security is that—at any time during the year—food access and/or intake is reduced, and normal eating patterns are disrupted because the household lacks money and other resources. Here are some shocking numbers about Americans who identify as being food insecure:

  • 98 percent reported having worried their food would run out before they had money to buy more.
  • 97 percent reported the food they bought just did not last, and they did not have money to get more.
  • 94 percent reported they could not afford to eat balanced meals.
  • 95 percent reported an adult had cut the size of meals or skipped meals because there was not enough money for food; 87 percent reported this had occurred in 3 or more months.
  • 94 percent reported they had eaten less than they felt they should because there was not enough money for food.
  • 67 percent reported they had been hungry but did not eat because they could not afford enough food.
  • 47 percent reported having lost weight because they did not have enough money for food.
  • 32 percent reported an adult did not eat for a whole day because there was not enough money for food; 24 percent reported this had occurred in 3 or more months.
 

All households without children that reported at least 6 of the above conditions are classified as having very low food security. But, 69 percent of these households reported 7 or more conditions. Many households struggle much more that we may know or assume. Food-insecure conditions in households with children followed a similar pattern.

Food insecurity risk factors

Some of the causes of food insecurity include poverty, unemployment, or low income. Lack of affordable housing. Chronic health conditions or lack of access to healthcare.

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The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share No-cost Markets and administrative will be closed Thursday, July 4 

This affects Food Bank locations.

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El banco de alimentos para el condado de Larimer Fresh Food Share sin costo Los mercados y la administración estarán cerrados el jueves 4 de julio.

Esto afecta las ubicaciones de los Bancos de Alimentos.

ROAD CLOSURES WILL IMPACT EASY ACCESS TO FORT COLLINS FOOD SHARE: 

A full closure of northbound College Ave. in Fort Collins will affect easy/regular access to our Food Share location at 1301 Blue Spruce from April 15 – 19. Plan accordingly. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Loveland Fresh Food Share has closed early Saturday, Feb. 24. It will re-open during regular business hours Tuesday. 

FOOD BANK CLOSURE:

The Food Bank Food Share location at both Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) and Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) are closed Saturday, April 6.

Administrative Offices at Wright Drive in Loveland are closed Friday, April 5. 

CIERRE DEL BANCO DE ALIMENTOS:

Las ubicaciones de Food Share del Banco de Alimentos en Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) y Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) estarán cerradas el sábado 6 de abril.

Las oficinas administrativas en Wright Drive en Loveland estarán cerradas el viernes 5 de abril.

Due to inclement weather, the Food Bank’s office and Fresh Food Shares will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Normal business hours will resume at all locations Wednesday.
Please stay warm! 
 
Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, la oficina del Banco de Comida y Fresh Food Shares estarán cerradas el martes 16 de enero.
 
El horario comercial normal se reanudará en todas las ubicaciones el miércoles.
 
¡Manténgase abrigado!

Due to winter holidays, please observe the changes in our regular schedule listed below:

 

Dec. 23-26: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Dec. 27-29: OPEN Regular Hours

Dec. 30 – Jan. 1: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Jan. 2: OPEN – Resume Regular Hours

 

We are different together.

At FBLC we are not all the same. And that is our greatest strength. We draw from our differences of who we are, what we have experienced, and how we think. We cultivate a dynamic and diverse work environment, one that plays a critical role in our ambitious work to end hunger, so we believe in including everyone.

FBLC is an equal opportunity employer that does not discriminate on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, sex or gender (including pregnancy, childbirth and pregnancy-related conditions), gender identity or expression (including transgender status), sexual orientation, marital status, military service and veteran status, physical or mental disability, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws and ordinances in the provisions of its programs, services, or activities to include discrimination against a person because the person complained about discrimination, filed a charge of discrimination, or participated in a discrimination investigation or lawsuit.

FBLC’s management team is dedicated to this policy with respect to recruitment, hiring, placement, promotion, transfer, training, compensation, benefits, employee activities, access to facilities, and programs and general treatment during employment.

We embrace a philosophy that recognizes and values diversity.

Our goal is to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.

FBLC endeavors to make our careers site accessible to any and all users. If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact our Human Resources team at hr@foodbanklarimer.org. This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

Thinking about applying and feel you may not meet all of our qualifications?

If you believe you can shine in one of our roles, we encourage you to apply!

Be aware of altered Food Share hours during the week of
Thanksgiving:

Monday, November 20 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22 | OPEN | noon – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 23 | CLOSED
Friday, November 24 | CLOSED
Saturday, November 25 | CLOSED
Sunday, November 26 | CLOSED
Monday, November 27 | CLOSED – Regular schedule resumes

If there is a government shutdown...

The most important thing for you to know, is the Food Bank for Larimer County IS NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. No matter what happens, we will remain open and available to support you. 

There will be other changes you’ll need to know about.  Click here to learn more. 

Si hay un cierre del gobierno...

Lo más importante que debe saber es que el Banco de Comida del Condado de Larimer NO ES UNA AGENCIA GOBERNAMENTAL. Pase lo que pase, permaneceremos abiertos y disponibles para apoyarlos.

Habrá otros cambios que necesitarás conocer. Clic aquí para saber más.

The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, September 2. 

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, September 4.

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El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 2 de septiembre y lunes, 4 de septiembre.

Food Bank for Larimer County is closed Wednesday, August 23, 2023.


Banco de comida ester estará cerrado el miércoles, 23 de agosto de 2023.