Food Insecurity in America

If you’re interested in learning more about the questions posed in our earlier posts Food Insecurity Rises and Food Stamp Usage Soars, you may be interested in a more comprehensive review of the topic from the Economic Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture.

Measuring Food Security in the United States: Household Food Security in the United States, 2008 is a fifty-eight page review of American food security, nutrition and food assistance. The abstract of the document explains its basic thrust:

“Eighty-five percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2008, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.6 percent) were food insecure t least some time during the year, including 5.7 percent with very low food security — meaning that the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food. Prevalence rates of food insecurity and very low food security were up from 11.1 percent and 4.1 percent, respectively, in 2007, and were the highest recorded since 1995, when the fi rst national food security survey was conducted. The typical food-secure household spent 31 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition. Fifty-five percent of all food-insecure households participated in one or more of the three largest Federal food and nutrition assistance programs during the month prior to the 2008 survey.”

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