Food-insecure households

Food-insecure households
19981999200020012002200320042005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Food-insecure households36,147,00031,015,00033,231,00033,642,00034,902,00036,255,00038,196,00035,128,00035,515,00036,229,00049,108,00050,162,00048,832,00050,120,00048,966,00049,078,00048,135,00042,238,00041,204,00040,044,000
Food-insecure households

ABOUT THIS DATASET

Household food security statistics presented here are based on a measure of food security calculated from responses to a series of questions about conditions and behaviors that characterize households when they are having difficulty meeting basic food needs. Each question asks whether the condition or behavior occurred at any time during the previous 12 months and specifies a lack of money and other resources to obtain food as the reason. Voluntary fasting or dieting to lose weight are thereby excluded from the measure. Households are classified as food secure if they report no food-insecure conditions or only one or two food-insecure conditions. They are classified as food insecure if they report three or more food-insecure conditions.

Food-insecure households are further classified as having either low food security or very low food security. The very low food security category identifies households in which the food intake of one or more members was reduced and eating patterns disrupted because of insufficient money and other resources for food. Households without children are classified as having very low food security if they report six or more food-insecure conditions. Households with children age 0-17 are classified as having very low food security if they report eight or more food-insecure conditions among adults and/or children.