September 10, 2019
That security is improving. The agency’s Economic Research Service has reported that the prevalence of food insecurity across the nation has declined to 11.1%, a level detected before the recession of 2008.
Some households experience food insecurity at times during the year. Their access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.
USDA’s food and nutrition assistance programs provide low-income households with access to food for a healthful diet, as well as nutrition education. USDA monitors the extent and severity of food insecurity in U.S. households through an annual, nationally representative survey.
The 2018 study found that:
- 88.9% of U.S. households were food secure. The remaining 11.1% (14.3 million households) were food insecure.
- Food-insecure households (those with low and very low food security) had difficulty at some time during the year providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources.
- The decline from 2017 was statistically significant and continued a decline from a high of 14.9% in 2011.
The full report is posted at