Welcome to Scribd, the world's digital library. Read, publish, and share books and documents. See more
Download
Standard view
Full view
of .
Save to My Library
Look up keyword or section
Like this
1Activity
P. 1
Household Food Security in the United States in 2012

Household Food Security in the United States in 2012

Ratings: (0)|Views: 26 |Likes:
Published by Statesman Journal
An estimated 85.5 percent of American households were food secure throughout the
entire year in 2012, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active,
healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.5 percent) were
food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.7 percent with very low food
security—meaning that the food intake of one or more household members was reduced
and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household
lacked money and other resources for food. The change in food insecurity overall (from
14.9 percent in 2011) was not statistically significant. The prevalence rate of very low food
security was unchanged from 5.7 percent in 2011. Children were food-insecure in 10.0
percent of households with children in 2012, unchanged from 2011. In 2012, the typical
food-secure household spent 26 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure
household of the same size and household composition. Fifty-nine percent of all foodinsecure
households participated in one or more of the three largest Federal food and
nutrition assistance programs during the month prior to the 2012 survey.
Keywords: Food security, food insecurity, food spending, food pantry, sou
An estimated 85.5 percent of American households were food secure throughout the
entire year in 2012, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active,
healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.5 percent) were
food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.7 percent with very low food
security—meaning that the food intake of one or more household members was reduced
and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household
lacked money and other resources for food. The change in food insecurity overall (from
14.9 percent in 2011) was not statistically significant. The prevalence rate of very low food
security was unchanged from 5.7 percent in 2011. Children were food-insecure in 10.0
percent of households with children in 2012, unchanged from 2011. In 2012, the typical
food-secure household spent 26 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure
household of the same size and household composition. Fifty-nine percent of all foodinsecure
households participated in one or more of the three largest Federal food and
nutrition assistance programs during the month prior to the 2012 survey.
Keywords: Food security, food insecurity, food spending, food pantry, sou

More info:

Published by: Statesman Journal on Sep 12, 2013
Copyright:Attribution Non-commercial

Availability:

Read on Scribd mobile: iPhone, iPad and Android.
download as PDF, TXT or read online from Scribd
See more
See less

09/21/2013

pdf

text

original

 
EconomicResearchServiceEconomicResearchReportNumber 155September 2013
Household Food Securityin the United States in 2012
Alisha Coleman-JensenMark NordAnita Singh
United States Department of Agriculture
 
United States Department of Agriculture
Te U.S. Department o Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimination in all its programs and activities onthe basis o race, color, national origin, age, disability, and, where applicable, sex, marital status, amilialstatus, parental status, religion, sexual orientation, genetic inormation, political belies, reprisal, or becauseall or a part o an individual’s income is derived rom any public assistance program. (Not all prohibitedbases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabilities who require alternative means or communication o program inormation (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should contact USDA’s ARGE Center at (202)720-2600 (voice and DD).o le a complaint o discrimination write to USDA, Director, Ofce o Civil Rights, 1400 IndependenceAvenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 (voice) or (202) 720-6382 (DD). USDAis an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Economic Research Service
www.ers.usda.gov
Visit our website or more inormation on this topic:
www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us.aspx
Access this report online:
www.ers.usda.gov/publications/err-economic-research-report/err155.aspx
Download the charts contained in this report:
Go to the report’s index page www.ers.usda.gov/publications/ err-economic-research-report/err155.aspxClick on the bulleted item “Download ERR155.zipOpen the chart you want, then save it to your computer
Recommended citation ormat or this publication:
Coleman-Jensen, Alisha, Mark Nord, and Anita Singh.
Household Food Security in the United States in 2012,
ERR-155, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service,September 2013.
 
United States Department of Agriculture
EconomicResearchService
EconomicResearchReportNumber 155September 2013
Abstract
An estimated 85.5 percent o American households were ood secure throughout theentire year in 2012, meaning that they had access at all times to enough ood or an active,healthy lie or all household members. The remaining households (14.5 percent) wereood insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.7 percent with very low oodsecurity—meaning that the ood intake o one or more household members was reducedand their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the householdlacked money and other resources or ood. The change in ood insecurity overall (rom14.9 percent in 2011) was not statistically signicant. The prevalence rate o very low oodsecurity was unchanged rom 5.7 percent in 2011. Children were ood-insecure in 10.0percent o households with children in 2012, unchanged rom 2011. In 2012, the typicalood-secure household spent 26 percent more on ood than the typical ood-insecurehousehold o the same size and household composition. Fity-nine percent o all ood-insecure households participated in one or more o the three largest Federal ood andnutrition assistance programs during the month prior to the 2012 survey.Keywords: Food security, ood insecurity, ood spending, ood pantry, soup kitchen,emergency kitchen, material well-being, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program(SNAP), Food Stamp Program, National School Lunch Program, Special SupplementalNutrition Program or Women, Inants, and Children (WIC)
About the Authors
Alisha Coleman-Jensen and Mark Nord are sociologists in the Food Assistance Branch,Food Economics Division, Economic Research Service, U.S. Department o Agriculture.Anita Singh is chie o the SNAP Evaluation Branch, SNAP Research and AnalysisDivision, Oce o Policy Support, Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department o Agriculture.
Alisha Coleman-Jensen,
 
acjensen@ers.usda.gov
Mark Nord,
 
marknord@ers.usda.gov
Anita Singh
Household Food Security in theUnited States in 2012

You're Reading a Free Preview

Download
/*********** DO NOT ALTER ANYTHING BELOW THIS LINE ! ************/ var s_code=s.t();if(s_code)document.write(s_code)//-->