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Food Insecurity

Learn what food security is and how it affects the community.

What Is Food Insecurity?

Food insecurity refers to the state when people have a lack of reliable access to affordable and nutritious food.

How It Affects The Community

Living in a small community doesn't mean that food insecurity isn't an issue. In Dickinson County, an estimated 6.9% of the population and an estimated 8.8% of children under age 18 were identified as food insecure in the 2021 Map the Meal Gap project by Feeding America. (i)

For children, it's important for them to get the nutrition they need. Without the vital nutrients key to healthy growth and development, children's physical, mental, and emotional development can be impaired. Food insecure children are also more susceptible to common illnesses. 

Food insecurity also affects the academic performance of students in school. Research shows that children suffering from anemia as an infant, a health issue associated with food insecurity, present impaired memory and social functioning. (ii)

Nutritious food is paramount to strength and well-being. If you are facing obstacles, such as a family or medical crisis, unemployment, or financial challenges associated with the high cost of living in Dickinson County, please don’t hesitate to reach out to the resources outlined in the "Where's the Food" or "Resources" sections.


i. “Hunger & Poverty in Dickinson County, Iowa: Map the Meal Gap.” 2021 Food Insecurity in Dickinson County, Iowa, Feeding  America, Accessed 23 Jan. 2024. 

ii. Cook, John, and Karen Jeng. “Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation.” Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation,

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