Millions of Americans Continue to Struggle Against Poverty

WASHINGTON, September 12, 2018 — Nearly 40 million people in the United States live in poverty, according to today’s annual release of income, poverty, and health insurance data from the U.S. Census Bureau. The data reveal a small and not statistically significant decline in the poverty rate, from 12.7 percent in 2016 to 12.3 percent in 2017.

New ERS Report Underscores that Food Insecurity in America is Still Far Too High

WASHINGTON, September 5, 2018 — 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. 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.

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New Report Finds that More Americans, Particularly Children, are at Risk of Hunger

WASHINGTON, August 1, 2018 — In every part of the nation, a large number of households are experiencing food hardship — the inability to afford enough food for themselves and their families. “How Hungry is America?” reveals that, after several years of decline, the national food hardship rate for all households increased from 15.1 percent in 2016 to 15.7 percent in 2017.

House Passes Farm Bill That Would Make Hunger, Poverty Worse

WASHINGTON, June 21, 2018 — The passage of the House Farm Bill, H.R. 2, betrays the historic bipartisan commitment to making sure people who are struggling have enough to eat. The bill will take food out of the refrigerators and off the tables of millions of people in need, leading to greater hunger and poverty.