New data shows that the US's national food security rate is strongest since before the recession. "The report is a positive signal that reflects a recovering and growing economy," said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack in a reaction. "Two million fewer people live in a state of food insecurity today compared to 2011. This report also reflects the continued importance of anti-poverty and nutrition programs, including SNAP and healthier school meals, which help to keep food insecurity from rising, and efforts to improve employment and training programs that help low-income people obtain the skills they need to find good paying jobs so they can provide enough healthy food for their families."

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