Household Food Security in the United States in 2015
In September 2016, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service released its annual study measuring food security, Household Food Security in the United States in 2015.
The good news is that overall, food insecurity rates nationwide are down. The bad news is we have far to go to helping end hunger. This report tells us that the work being done locally and nationally is making an impact. Now we must continue and expand our efforts to ensure no one goes to bed hungry in our community.
Key Highlights for 2015 findings:
- 42.2 million (13.4%) individuals lived in food insecure households.
- 13.1 million (17.9%) children were living in food insecure households.
- 2.9 million (8.3%) households with seniors age 65 and older experienced food insecurity.
According to Diana Aviv, Feeding America CEO, “While it is indeed good news that there has been a significant decline in the number of households who are food insecure, the fact that 1 in 6 children do not have consistent access to adequate amounts of healthy, nutritious food should be of great concern to all Americans.” Aviv adds, “These findings are proof that the public and private sectors must continue to work together to address the needs of everyone facing hunger.”
For study details, visit www.feedingamerica.org.