The quality of food that people can access is always important, particularly for the poorest people, but also for people with limited information about the nutrition.
When food prices rise, or the real incomes of poor people fall for other reasons, there is a risk of hidden hunger,
where people switch to lower-priced foods that fail to adequately meet their nutritional needs.
Ensuring that food is always safe to eat raises a different, but important, set of challenges.
Policies for this problem need to ensure that the real incomes of the poor are protected,
and to provide information to help poor people make better choices about the food they eat.
There is no more important policy challenge than ensuring food security for all.
For people facing hunger, poverty is just one issue
According to Feeding America, 1 in 9Americans struggles with hunger.
In 2019, 35,207,000 people were food insecure.
Food insecurity exists in every county in America.
Millions of people are still struggling to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and the rising cost of living.
To these Americans, food has become an unaffordable luxury.
In 2019, 10.9% (13.7 million) American households were food insecure with limited or uncertain access to enough food.