- Judi Bartfeld; and Cecile David
- April 2003
- Link to sr86 (PDF)
Food security refers to the assured access at all times to enough food for a healthy, active life. Households are considered to be food insecure if they have uncertain or limited access to food through normal channels. Food security, rather than simply the absence of hunger, is increasingly recognized as an essential component of well-being. In recent years, researchers have linked food insecurity to a wide range of negative health and behavioral outcomes. This report documents the extent of food insecurity in Wisconsin over the years 1996–2000. It includes comparisons of the rate of food insecurity among households that differ in income, household composition, age, race, health and disability status, employment status, and location. It also compares Wisconsin and the country as a whole. The report uses two data sources: the 1996–2000 Food Security Supplements to the Current Population Survey and the 1999 National Survey of America’s Families.