What are we measuring?
Food insecurity is used as a measure of a household’s inability to reliably provide enough food for every person to live an active, healthy life. It is used as an index for the risk of hunger. The food insecurity index is determined annually for each county in the U.S. using a methodology developed by Feeding America based on publicly available demographic and economic data.
Why are we measuring it?
People who are food insecure are disproportionately affected by chronic diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease, and according to research, food insecurity is also linked to many adverse effects to overall health. Family members in food-insecure households are also more likely to struggle with psychological and behavioral health issues. And kids struggling to get enough to eat are more likely to have problems in school and other social situations.
How are we doing?
The estimated percentage of residents in Fulton County that struggle with food insecurity has declined slightly from 19.5 % in 2013 to 16.7% in 2017; however, the County falls near the bottom among its benchmark counties, ranking higher than only Cuyahoga County, Ohio and Shelby County, Tennessee.