Food Insecurity and Child Malnutrition in the United States


Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 15 years experience.

Children and the elderly are at increased risk for malnutrition, an affliction that takes place when a patient's body is deprived of the vitamins, minerals and other nutrients needed to sustain healthy tissue and organ function. Unfortunately, millions of children in the United States reside in households where food insecurity is a constant issue. The problem of food insecurity has gotten worse in the years since the official end of the Great Recession. You are reading page 5 of Food Insecurity and Child Malnutrition in the United States. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

LadyFree28, BSN, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma. Has 10 years experience.

I live in a medium sized city in the upper south' date=' and one grocery tried to make a go of it downtown on MLK Blvd. The produce did not sell, and the shoplifting losses had the doors closed for good in about a year. Sadly, the mini-mart a block over is still doing a great business in lottery tickets, cigarettes, and alcohol....oh, and pizza and subs.[/quote']

If the mini mart, corner stores, and bodegas start to have fruits and veggies, as well as a supermarket, would've that made a difference? How were the prices of the supermarket and the quality if their products ??? Did their prices rival the of the mini mart (which is high already)???

That could've made a HUGE difference in going to that store, with the exception of the many robberies; which IMHO was the LARGER issue, but that's my two cents; I only can speak to MY city MY reality.

With community farms, supermarkets organic markets and the fortune of having the Amish come down with their goods my urban area has the access to fresh food; my point is many go out of the areas that don't have any quality supermarkets to seek it; some supermarkets do not look to their consumers and their economic status; if they did, they would excel; on the other hand, again, within economic sensitivity, the supermarkets may not excel either; you can look to my other previous posts where I touched on these issues and the issue of redlining.

I was having a conversation with a family member on how their lettuce became wilted after buying it from a local supermarket that we stopped frequenting years ago; the family member is educated, and practically vegan; knows a good buy and goes out of their neighborhood to get their groceries as well; this time they were in their area and with budgetary gas constraints stayed in the neighborhood; TRIED to support the neighborhood supermarket, and the thanks she got was rapidly wilting lettuce. :barf:

But I digress, let's go back to the mini marts, the corner stores and bodegas.

In my area, because to the rise of supermarkets, community gardens, and a main supplier of a farmers market and the Amish goods and a wonderful push of supporting local farmers, the corner store in a area that I work actually started selling fresh fruits and veggies because of two new supermarkets in the area to accommodate the accessibility of the two new supermarkets, which was a boon and stay crowded with community members with healthy food, fresh produce and reasonable prices, the caveat is the supermarket is near a university, so it garners a certain clientele to the benefit of the economic sensitivity of many of the community members; yet the corner store has the availability of FRESH produce that the neighborhood locals can get if they need it ASAP; and I have not seen spoiled produce left over either. :no:

The pressure from the neighboring supermarkets has dictated to the area corner stores to stock foods that are needed; the neighborhood has options and it has it into their business. That pressure is a boon to food sensitive and economic sensitive individuals and families. :yes: