USDA REPORTS INCREASE IN FOOD INSECURITY NATIONWIDE

On October 25, 2023, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released a report through its Economic Research Service titled, “Household Food Security in the United States in 2022.” Key findings were staggering and sobering finding that 12.8% of American households face food insecurity. More specifically, 1 in 7 people—including 1 in 5 children—in the U.S. live in food insecure households. This is an increase of more than 30% and 40% respectively from the previous year AND the highest rate and number since 2014 and the largest one-year increase since 2008.

The report is a compilation of findings from an annual study conducted by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census as a supplement to the monthly Current Population Survey. The study included almost 32,000 American households, which is a representative sample. The term representative sample is used in research to indicate enough households were studied to ethically apply the results of the group to the population as a whole.

National Findings

Here are more key findings:

  • 44.2 million (13.5%) individuals lived in food-insecure households.
  • 17.0 million (12.8%) households were food insecure.
  • 6.8 million (5.1%) households had very low food security.
  • 13.4 million (18.5%) children lived in food-insecure households.
  • 3.9 million (9.1%) households with seniors (age 65 and older) were food insecure.
  • 1.9 million (11.4%) households with seniors (age 65 and older) living alone were food insecure.

Here is a link to a national report that features key findings and graphs.

Colorado Findings

When the results are broken down by state, the below shows the prevalence of food insecurity in the State of Colorado. Rates of food insecurity are lower in Colorado than they are nationwide, but we still need to be concerned. One in 5 Colorado households (21%) consider hunger a top concern in their life.

Estimated Total # of Households# of households studied% of households experiencing food insecurity at any level (2022)% of households experiencing food insecurity at any level (2021)% of households experiencing VERY LOW food insecurity (2022)% of households experiencing VERY LOW food insecurity (2021)
Colorado2,401,0001,5178.9%9.6%3.4%7.5%
United States131,744,00096,42612.8%10.2%5.1%3.8%

Low vs. Very Low Food Insecurity

The term “food insecure” includes two measured groups: those with LOW food security and those with VERY LOW food security. Food insecurity is defined as households that were uncertain of having or unable to acquire enough food to meet the needs of all their members because they had insufficient money or other resources for food.

Households with LOW food security are defined as those who felt uncertain about getting food but overall were able to obtain enough food to avoid substantially disrupting their eating patterns and/or didn’t have to reduce their food intake.

Households with VERY LOW food security are defined as those who felt uncertain about getting food to the point their normal eating patterns were disrupted and food intake needed to be reduced because they had insufficient money or other resources for food.

Larimer County Data

According to Map the Meal Gap, who compiled rates of food insecurity using data from Feeding America, in 2021, there were 32,050 people experiencing food insecurity; which is 9% of the County’s population. This is a lower rate than both the state and the nation as well as the previous year (2020) in Larimer County, which was measured at 9.4%.

FBLC Response

Since 1984, the Food Bank for Larimer County has worked to end food insecurity in Larimer County through outreach, education, and food distribution. During the fiscal year end 2023, we provided over 8 million meals to just over 40,000 individuals in need.

FBLC Impact at a Glance

202120222023
Meals Provided8,010,1367,972,1368,243,081
People Served23,78229,55940,009
Pounds of Food Rescue6,379,9477,759,7777,882,682
Food Bank for Larimer County Web Search

The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, May 25. 

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, May 27.

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El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 25 de mayo y lunes, 27 de mayo.

ROAD CLOSURES WILL IMPACT EASY ACCESS TO FORT COLLINS FOOD SHARE: 

A full closure of northbound College Ave. in Fort Collins will affect easy/regular access to our Food Share location at 1301 Blue Spruce from April 15 – 19. Plan accordingly. 

PLEASE NOTE: The Loveland Fresh Food Share has closed early Saturday, Feb. 24. It will re-open during regular business hours Tuesday. 

FOOD BANK CLOSURE:

The Food Bank Food Share location at both Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) and Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) are closed Saturday, April 6.

Administrative Offices at Wright Drive in Loveland are closed Friday, April 5. 

CIERRE DEL BANCO DE ALIMENTOS:

Las ubicaciones de Food Share del Banco de Alimentos en Fort Collins (Blue Spruce) y Loveland (Lincoln Ave.) estarán cerradas el sábado 6 de abril.

Las oficinas administrativas en Wright Drive en Loveland estarán cerradas el viernes 5 de abril.

Due to inclement weather, the Food Bank’s office and Fresh Food Shares will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16.
Normal business hours will resume at all locations Wednesday.
Please stay warm! 
 
Debido a las inclemencias del tiempo, la oficina del Banco de Comida y Fresh Food Shares estarán cerradas el martes 16 de enero.
 
El horario comercial normal se reanudará en todas las ubicaciones el miércoles.
 
¡Manténgase abrigado!

Due to winter holidays, please observe the changes in our regular schedule listed below:

 

Dec. 23-26: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Dec. 27-29: OPEN Regular Hours

Dec. 30 – Jan. 1: Food Share Pantries & Administrative Offices CLOSED

Jan. 2: OPEN – Resume Regular Hours

 

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Our goal is to attract, develop, retain, and promote a talented diverse workforce in a culture where all employees will contribute to their fullest potential.

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Be aware of altered Food Share hours during the week of
Thanksgiving:

Monday, November 20 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday, November 21 | OPEN | 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Wednesday, November 22 | OPEN | noon – 3:00 pm
Thursday, November 23 | CLOSED
Friday, November 24 | CLOSED
Saturday, November 25 | CLOSED
Sunday, November 26 | CLOSED
Monday, November 27 | CLOSED – Regular schedule resumes

If there is a government shutdown...

The most important thing for you to know, is the Food Bank for Larimer County IS NOT A GOVERNMENT AGENCY. No matter what happens, we will remain open and available to support you. 

There will be other changes you’ll need to know about.  Click here to learn more. 

Si hay un cierre del gobierno...

Lo más importante que debe saber es que el Banco de Comida del Condado de Larimer NO ES UNA AGENCIA GOBERNAMENTAL. Pase lo que pase, permaneceremos abiertos y disponibles para apoyarlos.

Habrá otros cambios que necesitarás conocer. Clic aquí para saber más.

The Food Bank for Larimer County Fresh Food Share Pantries will be closed Saturday, September 2. 

Our Administrative Offices will be closed Monday, September 4.

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El Banco de Comida estará cerrado sábado, 2 de septiembre y lunes, 4 de septiembre.

Food Bank for Larimer County is closed Wednesday, August 23, 2023.


Banco de comida ester estará cerrado el miércoles, 23 de agosto de 2023.