Food-insecure households are those that were, at times, unable to acquire adequate food for one or more household members due to insufficient money or other resources for food, over the course of a year. As of 2011, households in Tennessee experiencing food insecurity were up to 15.2 percent, higher than the national average of 14.9 percent.
As the 2007-09 Great Recession and its accompanying higher unemployment took its toll on U.S. families, food insecurity at the national level increased. In 2001, 10.7 percent of households in the US were considered food insecure. By 2011, the number of households considered food insecure increased to 14.9 percent.
To read more about this national increase in food insecurity, please read the following article from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): http://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2013-july/food-insecurity-increased-in-most-states-from-2001-to-2011.aspx#.UgD3ONKG2Ak