USDA: 17 million families struggled to get enough food in 2009
Nearly 17 million families in America - roughly 15 percent of all households - had trouble putting enough food on their tables at some point last year, a federal report released Monday morning shows.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture also found that 5.6 million of these households had chronic problems throughout the year that severely disrupted normal eating patterns. Between 500,000 and 1 million of the people affected in the homes were children.
"It's a considerable reflection of what is going on in the economy," said Kevin Concannon, USDA under secretary for food, nutrition and consumer services.
| November 15, 2010; 11:38 AM ET
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