Topics Topics

Household Food Security in the United States, 2005

by Mark Nord, Margaret Andrews, and Steven Carlson

Economic Research Report No. (ERR-29) 68 pp, November 2006

Eighty-nine percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2005, meaning that they had access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households were food insecure at least some time during that year. The prevalence of food insecurity declined from 11.9 percent of households in 2004 to 11.0 percent in 2005, while the prevalence of very low food security remained unchanged at 3.9 percent. This report, based on data from the December 2005 food security survey, provides the most recent statistics on the food security of U.S. households, as well as on how much they spent for food and the extent to which food-insecure households participated in Federal and community food assistance programs.

Keywords: Food security, food insecurity, hunger, food expenditures, food spending, food pantries, food stamp program, national school lunch program, WIC

In this publication...

Need help with PDFs?

Last updated: Friday, March 01, 2013

For more information contact: Mark Nord, Margaret Andrews, and Steven Carlson

Share or Save this Page

Text Only Options

Top of page


Text Only Options

Open the original version of this page.

Usablenet Assistive is a UsableNet product. Usablenet Assistive Main Page.