Impact

Hunger and Violence

May 23, 2016
The Connection Between Hunger and Violence

 Physical injuries and psychological harm are obvious consequences of violence, but the damage doesn’t stop there. One lesser known cost is the connection between violence and food insecurity—the inability to obtain enough nutritious food to be healthy.  
 
People who have been victims of violence, whether as children or adults, are more likely to report food insecurity, according to a recent report from the National Commission on Hunger. In fact, the report identifies exposure to violence as one of the major contributing factors of food insecurity in America. Other research suggests that the problem is especially serious for female-headed households, who have the highest rate of food insecurity at 37.2%. In turn, food insecurity can then lead to health problems, a 49% increase in health care costs, and compounding psychological distress for people who have already been traumatized by violence.
 
The National Commission on Hunger also discusses another way that food insecurity and violence interact. In some communities, families and youth are unable to access meal programs or other resources due to the dangerous level of violence in the neighborhood. Attending a meal program or visiting a food pantry shouldn’t mean risking your—or your child’s—life.
 
Preventing violence in our communities can also help people stay well-fed and healthy. Make a donation to the tCI violence prevention program of your choice today; as always, 95% of your donation will go directly to making an impact in a community in great need.
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