Food Security in Wisconsin
With Thanksgiving two days away, the mind naturally turns to food. So we’ve been contemplating important food-related public policy issues, such as whether it’s better to put the stuffing in the bird or roast it alongside. Also: will the new legislature have the courage to address the long-unsettled issue of cranberry sauce made from a can vs. homemade?
Those important topics led us to wonder about food security in Wisconsin during the recession, and a new WCCF blog post takes a look at that issue, as well as the sharp increase since 2008 in FoodShare participation. It summarizes a USDA report released earlier this month, which shows that the share of Wisconsin households with any food insecurity increased from an average of 8.9 percent over the 2004-06 period to 11.4 percent in 2007-09, a statistically significant jump. Fortunately, the state has made great strides in improving enrollment in FoodShare over the last couple of years, which we suspect will turn around the upward trend in food insecurity — and for that we are very thankful.