Food Insecurity Rises

The latest edition of the US Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service’s Amber Waves publication includes a poignant five page article reporting Food Insecurity Up in Recessionary Times. (For the html version of the article, look here.)

The assessment reports that “the number of U.S. households unable to put adequate food on the table increased sharply during the latest recession, reaching the highest level recorded since USDA began monitoring household food security in 1995.”

Specifically, “the number of food-insecure U.S. households rose from 13.0 million (11.1 percent of all households) in 2007 to 17.1 million (14.6 percent) in 2008. The additional food-insecure households were nearly evenly split between households with and without children, about 2 million in each group. However, the increase was proportionally larger for households with children. Among these households, the prevalence of food insecurity rose from 15.8 percent in 2007 to 21.0 percent in 2008. The corresponding increase for households without children was from 8.7 to 11.3 percent.”

For much more detail, including the methodology of the report, visit the USDA’s Amber Waves.

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