ERS Releases Report: Children’s Food Security and USDA Child Nutrition Programs

2017-07-17 | School Nutrition Association

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS) released a report in June 2017 titled, Children’s Food Security and USDA Child Nutrition Programs . The report presents updated statistics on food insecurity among school-age children from the Food Security Supplement to the Current Population Survey for 2014 and 2015. 16.6 percent of households with children were classified as food insecure, and children were reported to be food insecure in 7.8 percent of all households with children. The report goes on to summarize recent research on the effects of child nutrition programs on children’s food insecurity and diets. Research shows that these programs reduce food insecurity and contribute to diet quality and academic performance for children from low-income and food-insecure houses. View the full report here.