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Household Food Security in the United States in 2010

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  • Coleman-Jensen, Alisha
  • Nord, Mark
  • Andrews, Margaret S.
  • Carlson, Steven

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An estimated 85.5 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2010, meaning that they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (14.5 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 5.4 percent with very low food security—meaning that the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money and other resources for food. The prevalence rate of very low food security declined from 5.7 percent in 2009, while the change in food insecurity overall (from 14.7 percent in 2009) was not statistically significant. The typical food-secure household spent 27 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition. Fifty-nine percent of all food-insecure households participated in one or more of the three largest Federal food and nutrition assistance programs during the month prior to the 2010 survey.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Research Report with number 118021.

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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersrr:118021

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Keywords: Food security; food insecurity; food spending; food pantry; soup kitchen; emergency kitchen; material well-being; SNAP; Food Stamp Program; National School Lunch Program; WIC; Food Security and Poverty;

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  1. Nord, Mark & Bickel, Gary, 2002. "Measuring Children'S Food Security In U.S. Households, 1995-99," Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Reports 33801, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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  7. Parke Wilde & Mark Nord, 2005. "The Effect of Food Stamps on Food Security: A Panel Data Approach ," Review of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 27(3), pages 425-432.
  8. Nord, Mark & Andrews, Margaret S. & Carlson, Steven, 2002. "Household Food Security In The United States, 2001," Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Reports 33865, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
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  1. Ugo Gentilini & Andy Sumner, 2012. "Poverty Where People Live: What do National Poverty Lines Tell us about Global Poverty?," Working Papers 98, International Policy Centre for Inclusive Growth.
  2. Gundersen, Craig & Kreider, Brent & Pepper, John, 2012. "The impact of the National School Lunch Program on child health: A nonparametric bounds analysis," Journal of Econometrics, Elsevier, Elsevier, vol. 166(1), pages 79-91.
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  4. Nord, Mark & Andrews, Margaret S. & Carlson, Steven, 2004. "Household Food Security In The United States, 2003," Food Assistance and Nutrition Research Reports 33835, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  5. Davis, David & Huang, Rui, 2013. "The Effect of SNAP Benefits for Food Insecurity," 2013 Annual Meeting, August 4-6, 2013, Washington, D.C., Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 149827, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  6. Gao, Xiang & Ishdorj, Ariun & Higgins, Lindsey M., 2012. "Impact of the National School Lunch Program on Children’s Food Security," 2012 Annual Meeting, February 4-7, 2012, Birmingham, Alabama, Southern Agricultural Economics Association 119778, Southern Agricultural Economics Association.
  7. James Mabli & Jim Ohls & Lisa Dragoset & Laura Castner & Betsy Santos, 2013. "Measuring the Effect of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) Participation on Food Security," Mathematica Policy Research Reports, Mathematica Policy Research 7859, Mathematica Policy Research.
  8. Christian Raschke, 2012. "The Impact of the German Child Benefit on Child Well-Being," SOEPpapers on Multidisciplinary Panel Data Research 520, DIW Berlin, The German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP).
  9. Gundersen, Craig & Waxman, Elaine & Del Vecchio, Theresa & Engelhard, Emily & Brown, Julia, 2012. "Map the Meal Gap: Exploring Food Insecurity at the Local Level," 2012 AAEA/EAAE Food Environment Symposium, May 30-31, Boston, MA, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association 123975, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association.
  10. Coleman-Jensen, Alisha & Nord, Mark & Andrews, Margaret S. & Carlson, Steven, 2011. "Household Food Security in the United States in 2011," Economic Research Report, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service 134715, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  11. Yonatan Ben-Shalom & Mary Kay Fox & P.K. Newby, 2012. "Characteristics and Dietary Patterns of Healthy and Less-Healthy Eaters in the Low-Income Population," Mathematica Policy Research Reports, Mathematica Policy Research 7386, Mathematica Policy Research.
  12. Davis, David E. & Huang, Rui, 2013. "The Real Effect of SNAP Benefits for Food Insecurity," SDSU Working Papers in Progress 13001, South Dakota State University, Department of Economics.
  13. Nord, Mark, 2012. "Assessing Potential Technical Enhancements to the U.S. Household Food Security Measures," Technical Bulletins, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service 142549, United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.
  14. Deokrye Baek, . "The Effect of Public Transportation Accessibility on Food Insecurity," Departmental Working Papers, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University 2013-02, Department of Economics, Louisiana State University.
  15. Alisha Coleman-Jensen, 2010. "U.S. Food Insecurity Status: Toward a Refined Definition," Social Indicators Research, Springer, Springer, vol. 95(2), pages 215-230, January.

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