10 Facts About Food Insecurity

10 Facts About Food Insecurity

Hi everybody! My name is Hannah and I am new to A Place at the Table, and I am very excited to be a part of the team! Since I’m new to the organization, I decided to dig around the Internet to find out more about food insecurity. Here are ten facts I found that I thought were super helpful to know and to share with you!

  1. What is food insecurity? The USDA defines “food insecurity” as the lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members.
  2. How is food insecurity measured? Food insecurity is measured along a continuum extending from high food security to very low food security. Placement on this continuum is determined by the household’s responses to questions about behaviors and experiences associated with difficulty in meeting food needs.
  3. Where do food insecurity rates come from? Food security statistics are based on a national food security survey, as a supplement to the monthly Current Population Survey (CPS) for the Bureau of Labor Statistics .
  4. How many people are food insecure in the US? In 2013, 17.5 million households were food insecure. Food insecurity exists in every county in America.
  5. Are certain populations more likely to be food insecure? In 2011, households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children: 20.6% vs. 12.2%.
  6. What are programs that help alleviate food insecurity? Some programs in the US that help alleviate food insecurity include the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the National School Lunch Program, the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Grant Program, The Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program, and the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
  7. How many people are enrolled in nutrition assistance programs? 1 in 7 people are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Nearly half of them are children.
  8. Is the food insecurity rate changing? The national food insecurity rate decreased from 2014 to 2015, dropping from 14.0% 12.7%.
  9. How does North Carolina place in national food insecurity statistics? North Carolina has statistically higher food insecurity rates than the national average at 17.7%
  10. What is the food insecurity rate for Wake County? Wake County’s food insecurity rate is 13.8%


For more information, check out feedingamerica.org, worldhunger.org, and ers.usda.gov!


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