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USDA: Number of Food Insecure Households Drops
USAgNet - 09/08/2016

The number of households in the U.S. suffering from food insecurity dropped significantly from 2014 to 2015, according to new numbers from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The agency's Economic Research Service found that the percentage of U.S. households that were food insecure fell 1.3 points, from 17.4 million to 15.8 million households, from 2014 to 2015. The statistics represent a 2.2 percent drop from 2011.

USDA defines food insecurity as having limited access to adequate food due to lack of money and other resources.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday's numbers also point to the lowest figures on record for food insecurity among children, which he called a major achievement.

Children were food insecure at times during the year in 7.8 percent of the 3 million households in the U.S. households with children, down significantly from 9.4 percent in 2014.

"The figures remind us that our work to fight for access to healthy food for our nation's most vulnerable families and individuals is far from over," Vilsack said.

Vilsack also called on Congress to preserve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps, and encouraged the public and private sectors to invest in rural communities that produce food, fiber and fuel.

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