The new report comes almost a year after Mariana Chilton testified in front of a Congressional committee, as the co-chair of the National Commission on Hunger, about the public health implications of food insecurity and how more action to battle hunger is needed.
"The report is what was expected because of minor improvements in employment rates and the economy starting to bounce back. So we expected to see decreases in food insecurity and hunger. But this is no time to celebrate," said Chilton, a professor in Drexel University's Dornsife School of Public Health.
"The report showed a 'statistically significant' difference, but it's not a significant improvement in the overall health and well-being of the population," he said. "It's a tiny percentage -- a small change for families actually experiencing hunger. The number of people reporting food insecurity is still quite high."