Tampa Bay Network For End Hunger

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The present field experience was undertaken with the organization “Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger”. As part of the experience, I was requested to conduct a research on accessibility and affordability of health foods in low income population of Tampa Bay area. The research was conducted for the period of two months. The details about the research study are described below. It has been divided in 7 sections as follows:
1. Background
2. Methods
3. Results
4. Discussion
5. Limitations
6. Conclusions
7. References 1. Background
Food security is a basic human right, which is essential for life. It exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for a healthy and active lifestyle [Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), 1996]. Food insecurity at household level can be referred to not having sufficient food; experiencing hunger as a result of running out of food and being unable to afford more; eating a poor-quality diet as a result of limited food options; anxiety about acquiring food; or having to rely on food relief (Rychetnik et al, 2003). At community level, food security also depends on the availability and affordability of a variety of food items sold through retail and other food resources [United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 2015a]. The geographical areas where accessibility to affordable and healthy food (especially fresh fruits and

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