Research & Data
USDA food insecurity report released
A new USDA report, Household Food Security in the United States in 2015, reveals only slightly fewer New Yorkers are struggling with hunger, compared with significant declines nationwide. New York State’s food insecurity rate dropped from 14.4% in 2014 to 14.1% in 2015, which is relatively stagnant compared to the significant drop seen in other largely populated states, including California, Texas and Florida. According to the USDA, nationwide in 2015, household food insecurity fell 1.3 percentage points from 2014 and 2.2 points from 2011--the peak of the recession. The report also points to the lowest national figures on record for food insecurity among children.
The number of New Yorkers facing hunger -- 1 in 7 -- is unacceptable. Nationally, only 59 percent of food insecure people reported receiving assistance from our nation's fundamental nutrition assistance programs. Everyone should have access to the nutrition they need to stay healthy and thrive. To ensure that, we must stay focused on delivering federal nutrition programs including SNAP, school meals and summer meals, and diligently advocate through legislative and administrative policies to protect the integrity of these programs, their expansion and improved access.