Food Security vs. Food Insecurity

So often on the news we hear about terrible things happening abroad, however many of those same things happen here in the United States. Take for example food security. In 1995 at the World Food Summit food security was defined as “when all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food to maintain a healthy and active life.”

It’s built on three distinct pillars:

  • Availability, or food available on a consistent basis
  • Access, having the resources to obtain food
  • Use, or use based knowledge on nutrition, care, and sanitation

All of these things seem like basic human rights in my opinion, however not all are as lucky to have availability, access, or knowledge of use to food. This is what’s called food insecurity.

In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households. That number breaks down to 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. Luckily, there are a number of organizations are attempting to combat the issue of food insecurity.

Who is helping fight food insecurity?

One specific is Feeding America. They have a vision of a hunger-free America. In order to achieve this, they have built a network of over 200+ food banks to which using their network of trucks will deliver the food that is either purchased through monetary contributions or donated. They work with various partners to educate both food insecure citizens, as well as elected officials so they may be empowered to help.

Either type of donations helps, however technology is enabling them to more with what they receive. How? They are using a mobile platform as a tool on their trucks for when they pick up and deliver donations. Through this platform they can capture what’s being picked up and delivered, cutting down on time spent manually entering the inventory.

This results in cost savings and more money to provide more food and education to people in need. Hear from Kevin Lutz about how else Feeding America is utilizing a mobile platform to improve operations and efficiencies in distribution centers. In turn freeing up time for employees to go out, collect and distribute food to bring down the number of hungry families.