Household Food Security in the United States in 2016

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-237) 44 pp, September 2017

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by Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew Rabbitt, Christian Gregory, and Anita Singh

An estimated 12.3 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2016, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. That is essentially unchanged from 12.7 percent in 2015. The prevalence of very low food security also essentially unchanged, at 4.9 percent in 2016 and 5.0 percent in 2015.

See additional tables: Statistical Supplement to Household Food Security in the United States in 2016 (AP-077).

See related Amber Waves article: Understanding the Prevalence, Severity, and Distribution of Food Insecurity in the United States.

See related Webinar: Household Food Security in the United States in 2016.

Keywords: Food security, food insecurity, food spending, food pantry, soup kitchen, emergency kitchen, material well-being, material hardship, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, SNAP, Food Stamp Program, National School Lunch Program, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, WIC

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