Millions of Americans Touched by Food Insecurity

June 1, 2017, Department, by NRPA

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A Park Pulse poll conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) asked 1,003 Americans ages 18+ if they or someone they know has experienced food insecurity (i.e., not having regular access to food because of financial difficulties) over the past year.

Nearly 100 million Americans say they've personally experienced and/or know someone who has experienced food insecurity over the past 12 months. Of those personally affected, 27% are Millennials.

46% of Americans with children in the household are likely to have experienced or know someone who has experienced food insecurity, compared to 25% of Americans with no children in the household.

25%  -  Non-Parents
46%  -  Families with Children
46%  -  Blacks
38%  -  Hispanics
25%  -  Whites


(c)2017 National Recreation and Park Association

The National Recreation and Park Association Survey was conducted by Wakefield Research  among 1,003 nationally representative Americans, ages 18+, between March 6th and March 13th, 2017, using an email invitation and an online survey. Quotas have been set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the U.S. adult population 18 and older. The margin of error for this study is +/- 3.1 perccentage points at the 95% confidence level.