Food and Nutrition
In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children. This means that one out of six people in the United States live in households that face a struggle against hunger. These families frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food. Those who have access to some food often have lower quality diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. Every day one in five Americans receives nutrition assistance through one or more of the 15 federal nutrition assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program/food stamps, school lunch, school breakfast, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), senior programs and emergency food and shelter programs.
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2015-2016.
- September 30, 2013Youth Today: Advocates Fret About Effects of Government Shutdown
Policy Analyses and Research
- February 1, 2013Food Research and Action Center: Food Hardship in America 2012
- December 21, 2012CHN: The House Goes Home for Christmas