ERIC Number: ED445153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Household Food Security in the United States, 1999. Measuring Food Security in the United States. Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Report No. 8.
Andrews, Margaret; Nord, Mark; Bickel, Gary; Carlson, Steven
This report provides the most recent data on the food security of U.S. households. Preliminary estimates indicate that 89.9% of U.S. households were food secure in 1999, up 0.6 percentage points from 1995. Some 31 million Americans were food insecure: they did not have assured access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life. In 3% of all households, one or more household members were hungry, at least some time during the year, because of inadequate resources. Between 1995 and 1999, the number of food-insecure households fell by 12%, and the number with hunger due to inadequate resources fell by 24%. Households with incomes between 50 and 130% of the poverty line were the only household types among the 30 subgroups studied to show a higher rate of food insecurity in 1999 than 1995. Appendixes contain response frequencies of households for items on the Food Security Scale, background about the Food Security measurement project, and a comparison of prevalence rates of food insecurity and hunger across years. (Contains 1 figure, 7 tables, and 13 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.