Legislation: Food-related issues & updates

USDA announces household food insecurity has gone down – The Hagstrom Report, September 9, 2016
Household food insecurity in the United States went down significantly from 2014 to 2015 and even more significantly since 2011, the Agriculture Department’s Economic Research Service said in a report issued Wednesday. The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) noted that the report showed that more than 42.2 million Americans still lived in households that were struggling against hunger in 2015. “These numbers of food-insecure households are better than the last few years, but they are still above pre-recession levels,” said FRAC President Jim Weill.
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U.S. Food Security Improves – Politico, September 8, 2016
The number of households experiencing food insecurity fell significantly from 2014 to 2015, but the numbers are still not back to where they were before the Great Recession, according to new data from the Economic Research Service. “More must be done to raise employment rates and wages, and to protect and strengthen federal nutrition programs to ensure more low-income Americans get the nutrition they need for their health and well-being,” said Jim Weill, president of FRAC.
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Hunger problem in US eased in 2015, USDA report shows – Agri-Pulse, September 7, 2016
The number of U.S. households where people don’t get enough to eat dropped significantly last year, but the level of food insecurity still remains higher than before the 2008 recession, according to a USDA report. “The number of households with food-insecure children is now the lowest it’s been since these reports started in 1998,” said FRAC President Jim Weill. The other 41 percent of households reporting food insecurity did not use the programs, Weill said, because many are not eligible for assistance. Food assistance programs raise millions of Americans out of poverty, Weill said.