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Friday, September 8, 2017

MILLIONS STILL FACE FOOD INSECURITY


More than 41 million Americans lived in households struggling with food insecurity in 2016, according to a new USDA report. However, the data reveal a small decline in household food insecurity in 2016 from 2015, with the rate dropping from 12.7 to 12.3%. Other key findings from the USDA report include:
  • The rates of food insecurity were substantially higher among households with children, and for black- and Hispanic-headed households. The rate worsened for black, non-Hispanic households from 2015 to 2016, while improving for Hispanic and white, non-Hispanic households.
  • Rates among households with children remain higher than rates for households without children (16.5% versus 10.5%).
  • Households in rural areas experienced considerably greater struggles with hunger compared to those in metro areas, with higher rates of overall food insecurity  (15% versus 11.8%), and higher rates of very low food security (6.6% compared to 4.6%).
  • The food insecurity rate in the South, already higher than in the West, Northeast, and Midwest, rose from 2015 to 2016, while it fell in the other three regions.  

Source: USDA, 9/6/17, Food Insecurity