November 19, 2008
USDA Publication: Household Food Security in the United States, 2007
A report on household food security is available on the website of the USDA Economic Research Service:
Household Food Security in the United States, 2007, By Mark Nord, Margaret Andrews, and Steven Carlson
Eighty-nine percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2007, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (11.1 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year. About one-third of food insecure households (4.1 percent of all U.S. households) had very low food security—meaning that the food intake of one or more adults 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 essentially unchanged from those in 2005 and 2006.
Thanks go to Mary Ann Archer (Warren E. Burger Library, William Mitchell College of Law) for this post.
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