WASHINGTON, DC – Pennsylvania U.S. Senator John Fetterman today released the below statement following a recently released USDA Economic Research Service report on the state of food security. The report found that food insecurity increased significantly in 2022, with now approximately 1 in 8 households experiencing food insecurity. It also found that a higher number of households in rural areas (14.7%) experienced food insecurity compared to urban areas (12.5%) and that children make up almost one third of individuals (13.4 million of the 44 million) living in food-insecure households.

“The numbers in this report are disturbing. Even more astonishing is the fact that Republicans are still trying to make it harder for working families to put food on the table when food insecurity is approaching pandemic-levels. We need to be expanding these vital nutrition programs, not cutting them.”

“We are failing America’s rural communities, seniors, working families, and children.  In the richest country on earth, fighting food insecurity and keeping our kids healthy should not be a partisan issue.”

As Chair of the Senate Agriculture Subcommittee on Food and Nutrition, Specialty Crops, Organics, and Research, Senator Fetterman is committed to helping working families put food on the table and making sure kids get fed. He has introduced several bills on this issue, including: