Food Insecurity in U.S. Declines


According to a release by the USDA, 11.8 percent of U.S. households were adjudged “food insecure” in 2017 compared to 14.9 percent in 2011. By definition, a food insecure household has difficulty at some time during the year in providing sufficient food due to financial restraints.

The report entitled Household Food Security in the United States in 2017 determined that 5.8 million households had very low food security leading to disruption of normal eating patterns during the year. Children were food insecure in 7.7 percent of U.S. households and the range of food insecurity by state extended from 7.4 percent in Hawaii to 17.9 percent in New Mexico. More than half of food insecure household participate in either SNAP, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children and the National School Lunch Program.

It is unconscionable that that some families, and especially children are afflicted with food insecurity in a nation with the World’s biggest economy and the largest exporter of agricultural commodities with a domestic surplus of dairy products, eggs, pork and poultry.