Data and Publications

Spotlight on Food Hardship

February 2013- More than One in Six Americans Report Inability to Afford Enough Food
Report: Food Hardship in America 2012 – Data for the Nation, States, 100 MSAs, and Every Congressional District

April 2012 – New FRAC Analysis
Finds Food Hardship Prevalent in Rural Districts
Report: Food Hardship in America 2010-2011
Analysis: Data for districts of House Agriculture Committee members

Nearly One in Five Americans Report Inability to Afford Enough Food
Analysis: Data for the Nation, States, 100 MSAs, and Every Congressional District
Released: February 2012

To gauge the success and reach of the federal nutrition programs, FRAC charts participation in these programs through monthly updates, annual publications, and additional research. This section of FRAC’s website contains the latest reports and data for all the major federal nutrition programs.

Latest Reports

More Low-Income Children Starting the Day with School Breakfast, Finds FRAC Report “FRAC’s research is showing that there are proven strategies, like breakfast in the classroom and Community Eligibility, which are leading to more children starting the day with breakfast and getting the fuel they need to succeed,” said FRAC President Jim Weill.

More than One in Six Americans Report Inability to Afford Enough Food – New Food Hardship Data Reflect Continuing Struggles and Highlights Need for Congress to Protect Nation’s Nutrition Safety Net
“Congress needs to fix the problems rather than doubling down on harming the most vulnerable Americans,” said FRAC President Jim Weill. “The cuts need to stop, and the conversation needs to change.”

School Breakfast Participation Hits Two Major Milestones, Finds FRAC Report – More Low-Income Students and More Schools Participating in Breakfast
The Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC) School Breakfast Scorecard found that, for the first time nationally, more than half of all low-income students who participated in school lunch also participated in school breakfast and more than 90 percent of schools that operate the National School Lunch Program also offered the School Breakfast Program.

Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation: Summer Nutrition Status Report 2012 (pdf)
Only one in seven of the low-income students who depended on the National School Lunch Program during the regular 2010-2011 school year received summer meals in July 2011.

A Half Empty Plate: Fruit and Vegetable Affordability and Access Challenges in America (pdf)
Households with incomes less than $24,000/year reported struggling to afford and access fresh fruits and vegetables 2.5 times more frequently (13.8 percent) than those with incomes between $60,000 and $89,999 (5.7 percent). More…

A Tightening Squeeze – The Declining Expenditures on Food by American Households (pdf)
Food spending by the average household fell dramatically over the past decade, with particularly dramatic drops in 2000-2002 and 2006-2010. Hispanics and African Americans have been especially hard hit. More…

Nearly 46.3 Million Americans Received SNAP/Food Stamps in September 2011
SNAP/Food Stamps national participation rose to a record 46,268,257 people – an increase of more than 430,434 people compared with September 2010.

SNAP Cuts = Cuts in Meals for Americans Struggling To Heat and Eat (pdf)
FRAC analysis of Heat and Eat (pdf) shows how cuts to the program would mean fewer meals for struggling Americans.

One in Four Americans Worried about Having Enough Money for Food
One in four Americans is worried about having enough money to put food on the table in the next year, according to a national hunger survey by Hart Research Associates, commissioned last month by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN).  Another key finding is that many Americans are unaware of how serious hunger is in their own communities.




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