Food and Nutrition
According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), nearly 35 million Americans – including 13 million children – live in households that experience hunger or are at risk of hunger. More than one in ten households in the United States are “food insecure.” 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 food stamps, school lunch, school breakfast, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC).
For more information on this issue, visit CHN’s Public Policy Priorities, 2013-2014.
- June 13, 2013The Hill: Boehner Grasps for Middle on Farm Bill
Policy Analyses and Research
- February 1, 2013Food Research and Action Center: Food Hardship in America 2012
- January 11, 2013CBPP: Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs
- December 21, 2012CHN: The House Goes Home for Christmas