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, 2013-2014.
- November 20, 2013CBPP: SNAP Costs Leveling Off, Almost Certain to Fall Next Year
- November 16, 2013New York Times Op-Ed: Providence or Cruelty?
- November 13, 2013Reuters: USDA's Vilsack warns against 'hatchet' cuts in U.S. food stamps
Policy Analyses and Research
- December 2, 2013Bread For The World: The 2014 Hunger Report
- December 1, 2013EOP: Supporting Families, Strengthening Communities: The Economic Importance of Nutrition Assistance