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Thursday, September 8, 2016

CHILD FOOD INSECURITY HITS NEW LOW


USDA says that food insecurity among American children has fallen to record low levels.  A new report finds children were food insecure at times during the year in 7.8% of U.S. households with children (3.0 million households), down significantly from 9.4% in 2014. The estimated percentage of all U.S. households that were food insecure in 2015 also declined significantly from 2014, to 12.7%, continuing a downward trend from a high of 14.9% in 2011. But the 2015 figure was still above the 2007 prerecessionary level of 11.1%. Very low food security dropped to 5% in 2015 from a peak of 5.7%. Nearly 60% of food-insecure households reported that they had participated in one or more of the three largest Federal nutrition assistance programs (SNAP; WIC; and National School Lunch Program).

Source: USDA, 9/7/16, Food Insecurity