The US Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS) has released their annual Household Food Security in the US report. While the data reveals a decline in household food insecurity in 2017 from the previous year, with the rate dropping from 12.3 to 11.8 percent nationally, more than 40 million Americans still lived in households struggling with food insecurity — limited or uncertain access to enough food. In New York, just over 1 in 10 New York households (10.9%) experience food insecurity, down from 12.5% in the previous report. These findings underscore the fact that hunger is still prevalent in communities across the state, and that Congress needs to act to address poverty and hunger, including passage of a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens SNAP.

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