USDA’s report – Household Food Security in the United States, 2010 – found the percentage of very low food security declined from 5.7 percent of households in 2009 to 5.4 percent in 2010. The USDA study indicated that in 2010, 17.2-million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources. The number of food insecure households in 2010 was relatively consistent with statistics released in 2008 and 2009.
In making the announcement, USDA Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services Under Secretary Kevin Concannon noted – this report underscores the critical role that federal nutrition assistance programs play in helping struggling American families put food on the table until they can get back on their feet. Concannon pointed out that – many families receive assistance not because they want it, but because they need it as a last resort to make ends meet.
The report indicates that 59 percent of all food-insecure households participated in one or more of the three largest nutrition assistance programs near the time of the survey. Food insecurity rates were substantially higher than the national average for households with incomes near or below the current federal poverty line of 22,350-dollars for a family of four, households with children headed by single women or single men, and black and Hispanic households.