Food security for a household means access by all members at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. Food security includes at a minimum (1) the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, and (2) an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (that is, without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies). (USDA)
Food insecurity is the absence of those conditions. Texas is ranked #2 in food insecurity, behind Mississippi, with 16.3% of households reporting food insecurity.