Food Security Improves in Florida

June 3, 2019

Most Florida households enjoy an adequate diet. That is, their access to nutrition is adequate for sustaining good health.

The percentage of households without adequate food is declining, according to survey data collected by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service.

Data from the 2017 survey show that less than 12% of Florida households in the state face a limitation or uncertain availability of food. In 2011, the figure was 15.4%.

Across the nation, rates of food insecurity were higher than the average of 11.8% for specific groups and for people living in particular locations.

Those categories included households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, households with children and particularly households with children headed by single women or single men, women and men living alone, black and Hispanic-headed households and households in principal cities and nonmetropolitan areas.

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(Photo Courtesy of Peggy Greb, USDA/ARS)