Food insecurity means not knowing if you can provide food for yourself or your family. This can be a temporary situation or long-term. Often people face other hardships linked to food insecurity, such as unemployment, lack of access to education, low-wage jobs or a lack of affordable housing.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that 45 percent of food stamp benefits go to children under the age of 18. In February, President Barack Obama signed a bill into law that would cut almost $9 million from the food stamp program.
More families are buying food with food stamps because of the recession. Here are ways you can work through the changes happening in your family because of hard economic times.