Prevalence of Food Security

Summary: Food security reported by households

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This database provides data on food insecurity prevalence by state.  Figures reflect the average of a three-year period of measurement, e.g., 2011 reflects food security from 2009-2011.  

  • Low food security is defined by households that reduced the quality, variety, and desirability of their diets, but the quantity of food intake and normal eating patterns were not substantially disrupted.
  • Very low food security is defined as households that, at times during the year, experienced eating patterns for one or more household members that were disrupted and food intake reduced because the household lacked money and oth