Food insecurity is defined as consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year (USDA). The 2018 national average of households experiencing food insecurity is 11.1%. Here in Tennessee in 2019 it is above the average at 15%. And here in Cheatham county it is 10% . One in ten Cheatham county residents live in a food insecure household. This includes many children.
The prevalence of food insecurity vary considerably among household types. Rates of food insecurity are higher than the national average (11.1 percent) for the following groups (USDA):
All households with children (13.9 percent),
- Households with children under age 6 (14.3 percent),
- Households with children headed by a single woman (27.8 percent),
- Households with children headed by a single man (15.9 percent),
- Women living alone (14.2 percent),
- Men living alone (12.5 percent),
- Black, non-Hispanic households (21.2 percent),
- Hispanic households (16.2 percent), and
- Low-income households with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold (29.1 percent; the Federal poverty line was $25,465 for a family of four in 2018).
Join us for a non-partisan discussion of food insecurity in Cheatham County. Panelists from The Ark, FUEL of Cheatham County, Meals on Wheels, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle TN, and The Nashville Food Project are scheduled to participate.
Light refreshments will be available.