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Household Food Security in the United States, 2005

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  • Nord, Mark
  • Andrews, Margaret S.
  • Carlson, Steven

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Eighty-nine percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2005, meaning that they had access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households were food insecure at least some time during that year. The prevalence of food insecurity declined from 11.9 percent of households in 2004 to 11.0 percent in 2005, while the prevalence of very low food security remained unchanged at 3.9 percent. This report, based on data from the December 2005 food security survey, provides the most recent statistics on the food security of U.S. households, as well as on how much they spent for food and the extent to which food-insecure households participated in Federal and community food assistance programs. Survey responses indicate that the typical food-secure household in the U.S. spent 34 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition. Just over one-half of all food-insecure households participated in one or more of the three largest Federal food assistance programs during the month prior to the survey. About 22 percent of food-insecure households— 3.5 percent of all U.S. households—obtained emergency food from a food pantry at some time during the year.

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Paper provided by United States Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service in its series Economic Research Report with number 7243.

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Date of creation: 2006
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Handle: RePEc:ags:uersrr:7243

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

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  1. 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, vol. 27(3), pages 425-432.
  2. Craig Gundersen & Victor Oliveira, 2001. "The Food Stamp Program and Food Insufficiency," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 83(4), pages 875-887.
  3. 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. Parke E. Wilde & Lisa M. Troy & Beatrice L. Rogers, 2007. "Food Stamps and Food Spending: An Engel Function Approach," American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Agricultural and Applied Economics Association, vol. 91(2), pages 416-430.
  2. Catherine T. Kenney, 2007. "When Father Doesn't Know Best: Parents’ Management and Control of Money and Children’s Food Insecurity," Working Papers 24, Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, Center for Research on Child Wellbeing..
  3. Jacqueline Kauff & Lisa Dragoset & Elizabeth Clary & Elizabeth Laird & Libby Makowsky & Emily Samaa-Miller, 2014. "Reaching the Underserved Elderly and Working Poor in SNAP: Evaluation Findings from the Fiscal Year 2009 Pilots," Mathematica Policy Research Reports 8113, Mathematica Policy Research.
  4. Messer, Ellen & Cohen, Marc J., 2007. "The human right to food as a U.S. nutrition concern, 1976-2006:," IFPRI discussion papers 731, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).
  5. Kuku, Oluyemisi & Gundersen, Craig & Garasky, Steven B., 2008. "Food insecurity and childhood obesity: beyond categorical and linear representations," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6163, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).
  6. Mykerezi, Elton & Mills, Bradford F., 2008. "The Impact of Food Stamp Program Participation on Household Food Insecurity," 2008 Annual Meeting, July 27-29, 2008, Orlando, Florida 6552, American Agricultural Economics Association (New Name 2008: Agricultural and Applied Economics Association).

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