The first public Farm Bill conference meeting took place on Wednesday, September 5.
More than 40 million Americans lived in households struggling with food insecurity — limited or uncertain access to enough food — in 2017, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service (ERS). The data reveal a decline in household food insecurity in 2017 from the previous year, with the rate dropping from 12.3 to 11.8 percent.
As ERS points out, the multi-year post-recession decline in food insecurity still leaves the rate higher than before the Great Recession. In 2017, 3.8 million more people lived in food-insecure households than in 2007.
“The food insecurity rate in this country is still far too high, affecting one in eight people and one in six children. Progress against food insecurity driven by the recession is too little and too slow. It underscores the need for Congress to act to address poverty and hunger, including passage of a Farm Bill that protects and strengthens SNAP,” said Jim Weill, president, Food Research & Action Center. “Without question, deep cuts to SNAP as included in the draconian House bill would make food insecurity far worse for children, seniors, people with disabilities, veterans, working families, and others across the country.”
Call your state senators and visit the website of the Food Research and Action Center for more information on food insecurity in America, and multiple ways to show support: http://www.frac.org/snap-farm-bill-action