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Report: Vulnerable Populations Disproportionately Affected by Food Security, Despite Public Programs
Date:7/24/2014

Research Triangle Park, NC (PRWEB) July 24, 2014

Vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, ethnic minorities, and low-income households are disproportionately affected by food security, despite the extensive private and public food safety net in the United States, according to a new report by RTI International.

Under Section 743 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014 (P.L. 113-76), Congress directed the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) to contract with a nonprofit research organization to prepare a report on the current and prospective scope of hunger and food security in America.

The report developed by RTI International will serve as a jumping off point for the National Commission on Hunger, and provide the president, Congress, and the public with a deeper understanding of the myriad risk factors that influence the food security of Americans. In addition, the Act provides support for a 10-member National Commission on Hunger to develop policy and program recommendations that reduce and prevent hunger and food insecurity.

"Our review of this body of research strongly suggests that food insecurity remains a substantial and intractable problem in the United States," said Stephen Beaulieu, director of RTI's Center for Health and Environmental Modeling and the project's principal investigator. "We found that food insecurity increased significantly at the start of the Great Recession and remains at historically high levels. Despite public, private, and community responses to food insecurity, these disturbing trends suggest that we lack a fundamental understanding of the landscape of factors that influence the rates of food insecurity. These rates ultim
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