1 in 4 Philadelphians are Food Insecure

1.6 million Pennsylvanians are food insecure.

According to Feeding America's 2017 ``Map the Meal Gap`` project, more than 1.6 million people in Pennsylvania suffer from food insecurity. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Introduced in 2006 by the USDA, ``food insecurity`` attempted to distinguish ``hunger,`` as defined by Merriam-Webster, as a craving or urgent need for food or a specific nutrient, from the inability to consistently access or afford adequate food.