USDA's study titled: "Household Food Security in the United States, 2008", reported that 14.6%, or 17 million households, were food insecure. These households, at some time during the year, had difficulty providing enough food for all their members due to a lack of resources. USDA is investing in research, planning, and various hunger relief activities to help end hunger in America. The Farm Bill authorizes $5 million in funding.
Through the grants, USDA's Nutrition Assistance Programs seek strategies that support the creation of Hunger-Free Communities by funding activities including food distribution, community outreach, resource development and other methods to make food more accessible to those most in need.
In making the announcement, Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said through these new Hunger-Free Community grants, our strong partnerships at the national, state and local levels will be pivotal in providing better access to food and a more healthful diet for our nation's most vulnerable.