Multigenerational Families and Food Insecurity in the United States, 1998-2013

Source: Duy Do, Renae Rodgers, Julia A. Rivera Drew, Minnesota Population Center, Integrated Health Interview Series (IHIS), Data Brief No. 1, June 2015

Key Findings:
Data from the Integrated Health Interview Series, 1998-2013
– Multigenerational families increased as a share of all families over the past two decades.
– About 15% of multigenerational families were food insecure compared to 11% of single-generation families.
– 20% of children and 16% of young adults living in multigenerational families were food insecure, compared to 15% of children and 13% of young adults living in single-generation families.
– The share of families receiving SNAP benefits increased; in 2007, 7%of families received SNAP, compared to 13.3% of families in 2013. This rise was steeper for multigenerational families (9.6% in 2007, compared to 19.5% in 2013).
– Multigenerational families were more likely to receive SNAP benefits than single-generation families. There was no difference in the duration of benefit receipt by family structure.