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:
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.
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.