- In 2010, 6.4 million U.S. households—5.4 percent of households—had very low food security at some time during the year. In these households, the food intake of one or more members was reduced and eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year because the household lacked money or other resources for food.
- In 2009, 5.7 percent of U.S. households had very low food security.
Some household types with rates of food insecurity higher than the national average (14.5 percent) were:
- Households with incomes below the Federal poverty line—$22,113 for a family of four in 2010—(40.2 percent).
- Households with children, headed by a single woman (35.1 percent).
- Households with children, headed by a single man (25.4 percent).
- Black households (25.1 percent).
- Hispanic households (26.2 percent).