"Food insecure households are defined as those who had difficulty at some point in a given time period providing food for all members due to lack of resources. So, that could money or transportation of any kind," said Nelson
Food insecurity varies by region. Nelson says major cities and rural areas have higher rates.
"For principal metro areas, these are cities like New York City, Chicago, LA, the rate of food insecurity is much higher than the national average, as well as in rural and remote areas, the prevalence of food insecurity is higher. And it’s typically about two to three percentage points higher than the national average," added Nelson.
Rural food insecurity now stands at 12.7 percent of households. Nelson says About 20 percent of rural counties are considered food deserts.
"It’s generally classified as a county where residents must drive more than ten miles to the nearest supermarket or grocery store. So, I think we can all picture what this might look like if you don’t have a working vehicle or don’t have enough money for gas. That inaccessibility to get to the supermarket to purchase food is a major barrier for families," concluded Nelson.