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USDA Releases 2011 Household Food Insecurity Numbers

September 5, 2012
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September 5, 2012

Today the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service released the annual report on food security in the United States.  In the U.S. 14.9% of households were food insecure, meaning 1 out of every 6 households did not have access to enough food for an active and healthy life. 

Though this marks no real change from the previous year, very low food security (the more severe form of food insecurity) increased to reach 5.7% or 6.8 million households, levels seen at the height of the recession in 2008 and 2009.  Across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, food insecurity increased 4.1% from 1999; where now, 1.6 million, or an average of 12.5% of Pennsylvania residents struggled to pay for food between 2009-2011.


To read more about the report, see our Press Release.



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