Social welfare agencies, schools, food banks, and other organizations have all put forth efforts to combat food insecurity, but it remains a serious risk for millions of poor Americans today. Food Insecurity: A Reference Handbook examines why that is the case.
It begins with a history of food insecurity in America, dating back to the country’s origins, through to the Great Depression, and into the present day. It also delves into the problems and controversies related to food insecurity, such as urban food deserts, substance abuse issues, and income inequality. One of the most valuable aspects of the book is that it surveys the history of food insecurity in a manner that helps the reader identify key issues in an easy-to-understand fashion. Finally, the perspectives chapter allows a broad range of voices to be heard, allowing crucial, diverse perspectives to round out the author’s expertise.
- Includes graphs, charts, and primary documents offering different contextual vantage points for understanding the severity of the issue
- Offers insightful personal and scholarly perspectives on food insecurity, people who suffer from malnutrition or poor nutrition, and efforts to help them
- Profiles influential individuals and organizations working to combat food insecurity
- Identifies and explains key events, controversies, and other social and political factors influencing policies and programs meant to reduce food insecurity