A recent US Dept. of Agriculture report has announced that the percentage of "food insecure" households in the US has remained high, despite the broader recovery from the recession. The US is by far and wide the worst performing "wealthy" country in terms of food security - why can't we do better? One answer is that you need a stronger welfare state to ensure access to and delivery of food. I would be curious to hear what others think of this issue and if there are answers to this food (in)security problem besides strengthening welfare programs.
During the recession, the number of Americans threatened by hunger skyrocketed. But during the recovery, as the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported yesterday, the number has barely fallen. All told, the government finds that more than 14 percent of households are considered “food insecure,” meaning they at least have difficulty affording meals, and in extreme cases may go without eating.