Food security means access by all people at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.

ERS plays a leading role in Federal research on food security and food security measurement in U.S. households and communities and provides data access and technical support to social science scholars to facilitate their research on food security. ERS research focuses on:

  • Food security in U.S. households (see annual report below).
  • Food security's impact on the well-being of children, adults, families, and communities.
  • Food security's relationship to public policies, public assistance programs, and the economy.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2015

On Wednesday, September 7, 2016, the Economic Research Service, USDA, hosted a webinar: Household Food Security in the United States in 2015. In this webinar, ERS Social Science Analyst Alisha Coleman-Jensen provided an overview of USDA's annual report on the prevalence and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households in 2015.