Chapter 6.2 presents data on responses to two of the questions involved in determining household food insecurity:
- "The food we bought just didn't last, and we didn't have money to get more." In the last 12 months, was that...? Often true, Sometimes true, Never true.
- "We couldn't afford to eat balanced meals." In the last 12 months, was that...? Often true, Sometimes true, Never true.
As well as data about associations between these responses and participation and eligibility in SNAP.
- Overall, 78.9% of the client households reported that, during the previous 12 months, they had been in a situation where the food they bought "just didn't last" and [they] did not have money to get more.
- In addition, 69.9% of the client households were, often or sometimes during the previous 12 months, in a situation where they "couldn't afford to eat balanced meals."
- More than 5.1 million FA households felt that in the last 12 months, the food they bought often "just didn't last" and they lacked money to buy more.
- 38.5% of SNAP benefit recipients and 36.3% of apparently eligible nonparticipants said that it was "often true" that food did not last and there was no money to buy more; the comparable percentage for apparently ineligible FA clients was 20.7%.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)