September 11, 2017 | Number of The Day
Percentage of NJ households characterized as food insecure

According to the recent report, “Household Food Security in the United States 2016,” 11.1 percent of New Jersey’s 3,367,000 households are defined as having low or very-low food security.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, which just published the report, says that households with low food security report multiple problems buying food and indicate reduced diet quality, but those with very-low food security eat less and sometimes go hungry.

The report also indicates that across the country specific households and ethnic groups exhibit higher rates of food insecurity than the national average of 12.3 percent, including:

  • All households with children (16.5 percent)
  • Households with children under age 6 (16.6 percent) 
  • Households with children headed by a single woman (31.6 percent) or a single man (21.7 percent) and other households with children (22.2 percent) 
  • Women living alone (13.9 percent) and men living alone (14.3 percent) 
  • Households headed by black non-Hispanics (22.5 percent) and Hispanics (18.5 percent) 
  • Low-income households with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold (31.6 percent).