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Key issues for tackling hunger in America

Janice Lynch Schuster

One perennial issue for reporters covering the social determinants of health is the fact that millions of people in the United States – from pregnant women and children to at-risk adults and seniors – go hungry, not just for an afternoon but for entire days or more.

In 2015, almost 11 million adults and more than 500,000 children and adolescents experienced “very low food security,” according to the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That means one or more members of a household had reduced their food intake.

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