Healthy food is a human right. No one should have to choose between paying rent and putting a healthy dinner on the table. According to the USDA, last year 11.1% of Americans experienced food insecurity caused by economic, racial and social disparities. That’s a staggering 14.3 million people who do not have reliable access to affordable, nutritious, and culturally appropriate food.
Here in Austin, these numbers are significantly higher. 15% of our residents are food insecure. Yet Austin consistently makes national rankings as a city with a high quality of life and abundant economic opportunity. What is causing such inequity in food access?