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Food Insecurity and Its Relationship to Income, Employment, and Poverty


Released September 2022 by Project Bread & Children's HealthWatch

About This Series

Project Bread is one of the Commonwealth’s oldest and most successful anti-hunger advocacy and food assistance service providers. To mark its 50th year of service, Children’s HealthWatch, in partnership with Project Bread, developed a set of two briefs that examine the history of food insecurity and hunger since the 1960’s.

About this brief

This first brief describes how unemployment rates and income instability and resulting rates of poverty and food insecurity in the US have evolved over time.


John Cook, PhD, MAEd; Richard Sheward, MPP; Ana Poblacion, PhD, MSc; Allison Bovell-Ammon, MDiv; Erin McAleer, MSW; Sarah Cluggish; Stephanie Ettinger de Cuba, PhD, MPH