Statistical Overview Of Food Insecurity

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In The United States

• USDA has reported a significant increase in the number of American households with hunger. According to the latest data, nearly 13% of U.S. households, 1 in 8 families, struggled with food insecurity in 2022.

• Surging Food Insecurity: Nearly 13% of American households are struggling to meet their nutritional needs, with 17 million families affected.

• Impact of Inflation: The cost of groceries has risen by 20% over the past two years, significantly impacting low-income families.

• Reduction in SNAP Benefits: Cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) earlier this year have worsened the situation, with Propel’s survey indicating a 7% increase in meal skipping among beneficiaries.

• Disproportionate Effect on Vulnerable Groups: Black families and single mother-led households are among the most affected, with over 22% and 33% respectively reporting food insecurity.

  • According to the USDA, 10.2 % ( 13.5 million) households were food insecure during 2021.
  • 1 in 10 households are dealing with food insecurity.

 In The Chicago Metropolitan Areas

  • According to Northwestern University economists, one in five households are experiencing food insecurity.


  • One in four families with children are experiencing food insecurity.
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