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Food Insecurity in the US: Five Key Trends

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The back-to-back disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic, high grocery inflation and a potential recession have led to a severe and lasting increase in food insecurity—a lack of consistent access to enough food to lead an active, healthy life—affecting vulnerable households. We explore the prevalence of food insecurity in the US, and key trends by region, race and benefits.

Data in this report include:

  • Proportion of US adults reporting food insecurity, 2020–2022
  • Food insecurity by state, 2019–2021
  • Proportion of US adults reporting food insecurity, broken down by race
  • US SNAP recipients, 2019–2022
  • Number of participating SNAP retailers and total amount redeemed, 2017–2021

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