Americans Having Trouble Meeting Food Needs: Highest Rate Ever Recorded

Saturday, November 21, 2009
(graphic: Food Bank of South Central Michigan)

The Great Recession has left millions of Americans hungry not only for jobs but even food itself. A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows “food insecurity” rose dramatically in 2008—to the highest levels since the federal government first began keeping track of this problem in the mid-1990s.

Nearly 50 million people experienced trouble getting enough to eat during some part of last year, up from 37 million in 2007. The increase of 13 million Americans was far higher than even the most pessimistic observers expected, according to The New York Times.
The USDA’s Economic Research Service concluded that nearly 6% of the country (or about 18 million people) suffered from “very low food security” that caused Americans to skip meals, cut portions or not eat at all.
 -Noel Brinkerhoff
Food Insecurity Up in Recessionary Times ((by Mark Nord, Margaret Andrews, and Steven Carlson, Amber Waves)
Household Food Security in the United States, 2008 (by Mark Nord, Margaret Andrews, and Steven Carlson, Economic Research Service)
Hunger in U.S. at a 14-Year High (by Jason DeParle, New York Times)


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