Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week indicated a long-awaited break in this figure, to 12.7%, finally occurred in 2015. While still above pre-recession levels, food insecurity last year appeared firmly headed in the right direction. The 9.3% reduction in food insecurity was the largest one-year drop in memory.
For the grain-based foods industry, the improved trend is welcome news for a number of reasons, including the positive role the industry has played for decades in helping assure hunger across the United States is minimized. Additionally, the period of elevated food insecurity (2007-14) corresponds with a time of unusual sluggishness in food sales volumes. It is hoped that the improved food security trend among some of our society’s most vulnerable individuals will augur improvement overall in sales trends for grain-based foods.