IHRC Publishes Report: “Nourishing Change: Fulfilling the Right to Food in the United States”
May 30, 2013

The United States is facing a food security crisis: Today, one in six Americans lives in a household that cannot afford adequate food. Of these 50 million individuals, 17 million are children.  Food insecurity in the United States is not the result of a shortage of food or of resources; it is the result of poverty and of policies that fail to prioritize the needs of low-income Americans.

Nourishing Change: Fulfilling the Right to Food in the United States argues that the U.S. government must adopt a new approach to the problem: one that shifts the focus from food assistance as charity to access to adequate food as a human right. This approach requires the U.S. government to prioritize the basic needs of all Americans; support a robust social safety net; comprehensively tackle the root causes of food insecurity; and ensure the availability, accessibility, and adequacy of food for all.

Nourishing Change draws on IHRC’s expertise in the area of international human rights law generally and on the right to food in particular. This briefing paper reflects IHRC’s interviews with some of the nation’s leading food policy experts and anti-hunger advocates and features the personal testimonies of food pantry customers and food insecure individuals to illustrate both the depth and impact of the food security crisis. The briefing paper concludes with key policy recommendations to help fulfill the right to adequate food for all Americans.

Read the press release about this report here.

See also, Prof. Smita Narula is featured in Democracy Now in “As Lawmakers Target Food Stamp Funding, New Report Finds 1 in 6 in U.S. Are Going Hungry


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