The households affected the most are those of single mothers, which made up 33% of food insecure households in 2022. This is 8.8% higher than in 2021. Following single mothers are families with single fathers, representing 21% of food insecure households.
The USDA categorizes food insecurity into two groups: low and very low food security. Low food security is defined as households reducing food intake by using a variety of coping strategies, such as eating less varied diets, participating in federal food assistance programs, or receiving food from community food pantries. Very low food security is defined as a disruption of normal eating patterns of one or more household members and an inability to to get food at all. In 2022, 10.2 million households experienced low food security and 6.8 million households experienced very low food security.
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