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Way too many Americans have to worry about feeding themselves.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that the percentage of Americans on the brink of hunger has gone down a little, from 14 percent in 2014 to 12.7 percent in 2015, but the statistic is still far above its pre-recession lows. Here’s what food insecurity, a technical measurement, means irl:

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Things are getting better, but they are still embarrassingly bad, especially compared to our goals. You can see this plainly in a graph made by Tufts University food policy wonk, Parke Wilde.

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The improving economy probably helped drive the percentage down. If politicians also wanted to help, they might start by reauthorizing the tardy Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.