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Inflation hasn’t increased US food insecurity overall, according to our new tracker

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Sam Polzin Purdue University Jayson Lusk Purdue University 

Grocery prices soared by 11.8% in 2022 – the swiftest pace since the early 1980s. Rapid inflation is, naturally, leading to concerns that it’s getting harder for Americans to put food on the table.

Feeding America is a non-profit that connects about 60,000 pantries and food banks nationwide. It has stated that at most half of its members are receiving more demand. Many journalists report on struggling parents who wait in long lines to get food.

We are both experts in agricultural economics and food. Together we have created a new data dashboard that tracks U.S. food insecurity – the technical term for having trouble getting enough nutritious food – based on publicly available information.

The data we’re collecting ourselves, as well as the information that we’ve compiled from other sources, including the Census Bureau, isn’t yet reflecting a sharp uptick in households without enough to eat. U.S. food security has remained at alarmingly high levels, yet it remains relatively stable.

Based on all the data we’ve included in our dashboard, we estimate that over the course of 2022 somewhere between 11% and 15%…



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