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New Research on Toxic Stress and Food Insecurity
Children at Risk

March, 2012



A brand-new publication of the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute:

Journal of Applied Research on Children (JARC)
Food Insecurity; Vol. 3, Issue 1

Equip yourself with the latest research on food insecurity:

Eight new research articles on food insecurity were released in a publication of the CHILDREN AT RISK Institute.
Access the full issue free of charge at

Highlights from this Issue: 

  • Food insecurity is linked with toxic stress: exposure to violence and deprivation as children translates into poor mental and physical health in adolescence and adulthood, which can lead to the inability to secure and maintain meaningful employment, thus furthering the cycle of food insecurity. (full article)
  • “Food insecurity is about much more than hunger or caloric requirements. Like domestic violence, parental mental illness, or substance abuse, food insecurity is a marker for household dysfunction and a risk factor for childhood toxic stress, altered brain development and less than optimal life courses,” says Dr. Andrew Garner, co-author of a recent American Academy of Pediatrics report on toxic stress. (full commentary)
  • Neighborhood-level demographic characteristics play a role in food insecurity: children living in neighborhoods characterized by a high proportion of Hispanic, foreign-born, and linguistically isolated residents are most at risk of food insecurity. (full article)
  • Based on research done by Children’s HealthWatch, food insecurity is linked with housing and energy security. These insecurities alone or in conjunction increase the risk that a young child will suffer various negative health consequences. (full article)
  • The youngest children in the “invisible” age group of 0-3 years are the poorest Americans and thus at high risk of experiencing material hardships and associated adverse outcomes. (full article)
  • Food insecure households may require continued food assistance and psycho-emotional support until they transition to a “stable” food secure situation. (full article)
  • Texas Hunger Initiative has had success with a “mutlisectoral” approach to organizing—creating “Food Planning Associations”, local coalitions that are committed to ending food insecurity in their communities. FPAs bring together policymakers, community advocates, local government officials and people who are experiencing food insecurity. Using this approach in San Angelo, they increased participation in a Summer Food Service Program from serving 1,000 meals in the summer of 2009 to 25,000 meals during the summer of 2010. (full article)

This special issue features contributions from nationally recognized experts Jim Weill (Food Research and Action Center), Mariana Chilton and Jenny Rabinowich (Drexel University School of Public Health), Rachel T. Kimbro (Rice University), Andrew S. Garner (University Hospitals Medical Practices), Tony P. Hall (Alliance to End Hunger), and many more!

To view the full issue, please visit

The Journal of Applied Research on Children: Informing Policy for Children at Risk (JARC) is an open-access and peer-reviewed online journal that serves to inform policy affecting children by providing applicable research to the public, child advocates, and policy-makers on timely children’s issues. 


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