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Thursday, October 1, 2015

FOOD INSECURITY DECLINES SLIGHTLY



More than 48.1 million Americans lived in households that were struggling against hunger in 2014, according to new data from USDA. The 2014 numbers were a slight decline (of fewer than a million people) from 2013, with the rate declining from 15.8 to 15.4%. Other findings from the USDA report include:

      The number of individuals in households that faced the deepest struggles with hunger – “very low food security” – was 5.5% in 2014.
      15.3 million children lived in food insecure households in 2014, compared to 15.8 million in 2013.
      Households in more rural areas are seeing considerably deeper struggles with hunger compared to those inside metropolitan areas, with higher rates of food insecurity (17.1% compared to 13.5%), higher rates of food insecurity in households with children (23.6% compared to 18.4%), and higher rates of very low food security (7.3% compared to 5.3%).
      Food insecurity rates for Black and Hispanic households were substantially above the national average, with 26.1% of Black households and 22.4% of Hispanic households reporting being food insecure in 2014.


Source: Food Research Action Council, 9/9/15, Food Insecurity 2014; Poverty & Policy, 9/24/15, Food Insecurity II