Food security

As of 2009, 17.4 million U.S. households (14.7 percent of all households) — home to 50.2 million Americans — experienced food insecurity at some time during the past year. More on food security and the U.S. population

Age: Almost one quarter of children (23.2 percent) in the U.S. lived in households reporting food insecurity. More on food security and age

Race and Ethnicity: In 2009, food insecurity was experienced by 11 percent of non-Hispanic white households but by 26.9 percent and 24.9 percent, respectively, of Hispanic and non-Hispanic black households. More on food security and race-ethnicity

Income: In 2009, among households with an income less than the Federal poverty threshold, about two out of five (43.0 percent) had food insecurity. More on food security and income

Education: In 2009, whereas food insecurity existed in 28.6 percent of households in which no one was identified with a high school education (or equivalent), food insecurity affected only 6.0 percent of households in which someone had obtained a bachelor's degree or higher. More on food security and education

Household Characteristics: The lowest prevalence of food insecurity existed in households with no children and two or more adults and households with elderly residents. More on food security and household characteristics

Data sources: Current Population Survey Food Security Supplement, 2009
U.S. Department of Agriculture,
Household Food Security in the United States, 2009



 


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