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Low incomes Purpose I sometimes forget how fortunate I am Fortunate that I dont have to worry about I can afford to buy or eat today or this month to survive About 31 million people in this country suffer from food insecurity Food insecurity is a problem in our society and hunger is not the only problem nutrition is as well This subject discusses five primary strategies that are used to meet these family needs for food and nutrition It shows how educating families on these ideas gives them confidence and empowerment Methodology my research was done in different Iowa counties Focus groups were conducted interviews and case studies Most of the case studies were data from low income mothers with young children of different backgrounds Interviews were done by all ages between 16 and 46 the median being 31 years old with different ethnicity The researchers observed family grocery shopping planning and preparing and consuming meals Data was collected and analyzed and then categories were developed Which are the five primary strategies Results The results concluded in the five primary strategies 1 Relying on others help from extended family members friends and the community For example going to Costco for large quantities splitting the costs and the quantities for cheaper deals 2 Adjusting Resources how each one uses government benefits differently and to their advantage 3 Reducing Food Consumption some families feel the food is secondary to other needs such as rent and utility bills 4 Making trade-offs the balance of time and energy Making a quick dinner is easy but it is less nutritional and probably less complaints from the family 5 Acquiring Nutrition and Shopping Knowledge and Skills EFNEP and FNP helped develop strategies to stretch family resources These five strategies is how many low income families get by to keep their families going Conclusions The researchers found that
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