Farm Bill- Policy Issues
David Rogers reported yesterday at Politico that, “Despite the explosion in food stamp enrollment, the percentage of American households experiencing food shortages remains stubbornly high, with so-called ‘insecure’ families having 26 percent less for food than a typical ‘secure’ household of the same size.
“The survey data — covering 2012 — was released Wednesday morning as part of the Agriculture Department’s annual report on household food security in the U.S. An estimated 14.5 percent of households were listed as food insecure — a number that’s consistent with findings since the economic downturn in 2008 but substantially higher than the decade beforehand.
“From 1998 through 2007, for example, the same survey showed that the percentage of insecure households averaged about 11 percent. But with the recession, the number jumped to 14.6 percent in 2008 and has largely remained there since.”