In a press release put out last week, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said that 1 in 4 Americans “rely” on federal food assistance programs.
“USDA’s 15 nutrition assistance programs help struggling families gain access to healthy, nutritious food,” said the release. “Throughout the month of March, which is National Nutrition Month, USDA will highlight the impact of these programs on the 1 in 4 Americans that rely on these vital programs for the nutrition they need.”
In the USDA’s fiscal 2013 “The Food Assistance Landscape,” which was published in February 2014, the “1 in 4 Americans” statistic is cited. The report also states “a total of 5.7 percent of all households (7.0 million households) had very low food security— the most severe food-insecure condition monitored by USDA. Typically, households classified as having very low food security experienced the condition in 7 months of the year, for a few days in each of those months.”
The USDA’s fiscal 2012 annual report on “The Food Assistance Landscape,” which was published in March 2013, also cited the “1 in 4 Americans” statistic.