food (in)security in the US

Doug Henwood dhenwood at
Wed Aug 11 15:46:08 PDT 1999

Household Food Security in the United States. Mark Nord is a co-author on the advance report for the Food and Nutrition Service study "Household Food Security in the United States, 1995-1998." The Current Population Survey data used by the study were funded by the Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Program (FANRP). The study's preliminary estimates indicate that during the 12 months ending in August 1998, nearly 93 million U.S. households (89.8 percent of all households) were food secure, meaning they had access at all times to enough food for an active healthy life, with no need for recourse to emergency food sources or other extraordinary coping behaviors to meet their basic food needs. Correspondingly, the group that was food-insecure contained 10.5 million U.S. households (10.2 percent of all households) with 36 million persons living in them. Children were 40 percent of the group. Among the estimated 10.5 million households that experienced some degree of food!

insecurity in 1998, 3.7 million households reached a level of severity great enough that one or more households' members were hungry at least sometime during the period due to inadequate resources for food. Together, some 6.6 million adults and 3.4 million children lived in such households in 1998. The report was released on July 14.

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