According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the prevalence of food insecure households is the highest since data collection began in the mid-1990’s. In 2008, 14.6% of homes (17 million households) were considered food insecure.
An article by Claudia Kalb in Newsweek describes food insecurity as not having adequate resources to feed all members of a household for an entire month.
Congress has attempted to address this need through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (S. 3307). This bill, recently passed by the Senate, reauthorizes the Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program and other child nutrition programs slated to expire in September 2010. The legislation also amends laws regarding the funding of school meals, school meal nutrition standards and the child and/or adult care food programs.