Feature: Food Security Publications

FRAC: How Hungry is America?
October 9, 2018

This analysis of the Gallup data by FRAC looks at the rates at which Americans answered “yes” to the question “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” nationally, regionally, at the state level, and at the local level (by Metropolitan Statistical Area, or MSA) in 2016 and 2017.


U.S. Census Bureau: The Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2016
September 15, 2017

This is the seventh report describing the Supplemental Poverty Measure (SPM), which extends the official poverty measure by taking account of many of the government programs designed to assist low-income families and individuals that are not included in the official poverty measure, released by the Census Bureau, with support from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This report presents updated estimates of the prevalence of poverty in the United States using the official measure and the SPM based on information collected in 2017 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements (CPS ASEC).

U.S. Census Bureau: Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2016
September 12, 2017

This report presents statistics on health insurance coverage in the United States in 2016, changes in health insurance coverage rates between 2015 and 2016, as well as changes in health insurance coverage rates between 2013 and 2016. The statistics in this report are based on information collected in two surveys conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, the Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplement (CPS ASEC) and the American Community Survey (ACS).

2.5 Million Fewer Poor in 2016; Biggest 2-Year Decline in Poverty since 1969
September 12, 2017

The poverty rate declined to 12.7 percent in 2016, down from 13.5 percent in 2015 and from 14.8 percent in 2014. That 2.1 percentage point drop is the largest two-year decline since 1969. An improving economy and help from now-threatened assistance make the difference.