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Food Security in the United States PDF Print


imageAccording to the Hunger Task Force, food insecurity is "a condition in which people lack basic food intake to provide them with the energy and nutrients for fully productive lives." Nearly 7% of households in the United States were found to be food-insecure in 2006. During that year, an additional 4% of United States households were reported to be very food-insecure (according to the United States Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service). As seen in the map above, food security levels vary by state. Although it seems that in general, southern states are more likely to have higher rates of food insecurity than other parts of the country (Mississippi's is currently estimated to be about 18%), this is clearly not always the case. For instance, Ohio's estimated food insecurity rate is 12.7% while West Virginia and Virginia have rates of 9.3% and 7.9%, respectively. Oregon and Maine have food insecurity rates of 11.9% and 12.9%, while Florida's is below 9%. (Feeding America). It is also important to remember that the map at the top of this page shows average estimates over three years, not the most recent year's data.

It is important to note that none of these statistics take into consideration people who are homeless. It is very difficult to accurately estimate the number of homeless people in the United States, but according to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, over 3 million people (including 1.3 million children) experience homelessness each year.

Data found in the pie chart "Food Security of U.S. Households in 2007" is from the USDA-ERS website