ERS Releases Report on Household Food Security

According to analysis by USDA's Economic Research Service - an estimated 14.5-percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during 2012. This means they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. This is not a statistically significant change from 14.9-percent in 2011. The prevalence of very low food security was unchanged at 5.7-percent. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the report on Household Food Security in the U.S. in 2012 underscores the importance of programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program that have helped keep food insecurity from rising - even during the economic recession. As the recovery continues and families turn to USDA nutrition programs for help to put good food on the table - Vilsack says this isn't the time for cuts to the SNAP program that would disqualify millions of Americans and threaten a rise in food insecurity.

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