What is food insecurity? And what is a food desert? Here's what you should know.

Despite being one of the richest countries in the world, millions of Americans struggle with food insecurity every year.

In 2020, Feeding America estimates that over 40 million Americans would be food insecure. This represented one in eight Americans and comprised about 12 million youngsters.

Many Americans also reside in food deserts, which further restricts their access to purchasing and consuming healthful food.

Food deserts and food insecurity may be concepts that some people are unfamiliar with. If so, we can provide the solutions.

Food insecurity is described as a "household-level economic and social condition of restricted or uncertain access to adequate food" by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The USDA claims that the term "hunger" exclusively refers to the effects of food insecurity. Therefore, "hunger" encompasses more than just a bad feeling and includes discomfort from illness, weakness, and pain.