Feeding America® Responds to New USDA Data That Shows 42.2 Million Americans are Food-Insecure

Feeding America today issued the following statement in response to the USDA Food-Insecurity Report

September 8, 2016

Statement Attributable to Diana Aviv, CEO of Feeding America:

 “The USDA announced yesterday that the number of food-insecure Americans fell last year from 48 million to 42 million, including 13 million children.

“While it is indeed good news that there has been a significant decline in the number of households who are food insecure, the fact that 1 in 6 children do not have consistent access to adequate amounts of healthy, nutritious food should be of great concern to all Americans.

“These findings are proof that the public and private sectors must continue to work together to address the needs of everyone facing hunger.

“We must, in particular, ensure that the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other Federal nutrition programs remain fully funded.”

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About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.