Food Insecurity Continues to Plague the Delaware Valley
On Wednesday, the USDA released its Household Food Security in the United States in 2010 Report, which shows that food insecurity rates have remained at record highs for the last three years. According to this report, “The percentage of U.S. households that were food insecure remained essentially unchanged from 2009 to 2010, while the percentage with food insecurity in the severe range described as very low food security declined”. This report is based on an annual survey done by the U.S. Census bureau and consists of 18 questions on the accessibility and affordable of consistent and healthy meals.
In line with national food insecurity trends, the proportion of Pennsylvania and New Jersey residents who are food insecure and very food insecure has remained at the highest levels since first recorded in 1995.
From 2008 to 2010, an average of 12.5 percent of Pennsylvania residents were food insecure indicating a reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Additionally, five percent were very food insecure, showing multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake. New Jersey had similar difficulties, with an average of 12.1 percent of the population reporting food insecurity from 2008 to 2010, while 4.2 percent of the population as classified as very food insecure during this period.
Philabundance has continued to respond to this growing epidemic, by implementing new initiatives and programs. To find out more about Philabundance, and how you can join the fight against hunger, please visit www.philabundance.org.
This blog post was co-written by sGeorge Matysik, Deputy Director of Policy & Planning at Philabundance and Shannon Holm, Americorp Vista for Philabundance’s Government & External Relations department.