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Household Food Security in the United States in 2012

by Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Mark Nord, and Anita Singh

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-155) 41 pp, September 2013

Cover image for ERR155 An estimated 14.5 percent of American households were food insecure at least some time during the year in 2012, meaning they lacked access to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The change from 14.9 percent in 2011 is not considered statistically significant. The prevalence of very low food security was unchanged at 5.7 percent.


This report, originally released in September 2013, was reissued with the following corrections:

  • On September 5, 2013, the summary figure was revised with corrected data.
  • On October 31, 2013, Table 4 on page 19 was corrected to include three missing zeroes at the end of each number in the first column of the table.

Keywords: food security, food insecurity, food spending, food pantry, soup kitchen, emergency kitchen, material well-being, SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Food Stamp Program, National School Lunch Program, WIC, Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children

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  • Statistical Supplement (tables included in Household Food Security in the United States in previous years but omitted from this year’s report).

Last updated: Tuesday, July 14, 2015

For more information contact: Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Mark Nord, and Anita Singh