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Table 2 Household food insecurity-related attributes among 5,606 study participants

From: Food insecurity among households with children during the COVID-19 pandemic: results from a study among social media users across the United States

Food security survey % (Whole sample)
n = 5,606
% (HH without child < 18)
n = 4,154
% (HH with child < 18)
n = 1,452
p-value*
In the last 3 months, the food that (I/we) bought just didn’t last, and (I/we) didn’t have money to get more     0.055
 Often true 2.2 1.9 2.9  
 Sometimes true 10.3 9.9 11.4  
 Never true 84.6 85.2 82.7  
 Don't know / Prefer not to say 2.9 2.9 3.0  
In the last 3 months: (I/we) couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals     0.010
 Often true 4.5 4.1 5.6  
 Sometimes true 12.2 11.7 13.6  
 Never true 81.7 82.4 79.5  
 Don't know / Prefer not to say 1.7 1.8 1.3  
In the last 3 months: Because I need food to eat, I have eaten packaged foods that have expired dates or that are passed the "best by" dates     0.516
 Often true 3.1 3.2 3.0  
 Sometimes true 19.9 19.5 21.1  
 Never true 74.7 74.9 73.9  
 Don't know / Prefer not to say 2.3 2.4 2.1  
In the last 3 months: Because I need food to eat, I have eaten perishable food such as fruits and vegetables that do not appear to be fresh     0.041
 Often true 2.3 2.1 2.8  
 Sometimes true 16.6 16.8 16.0  
 Never true 79.6 79.4 80.3  
 Don't know / Prefer not to say 1.5 1.7 0.9  
In the last 3 months: Did you or other adults in your household ever cut the size of your meals or skip meals because there wasn't enough money for food?      < 0.001
 Yes 10.9 10.0 13.7  
 No 89.1 90.0 86.3  
How often did this happen?     0.468
 Almost every week 22.5 22.0 23.6  
 Some weeks but not every week 42.1 44.2 37.7  
 Only 1 or 2 weeks 25.8 24.9 27.6  
 Don't know 9.6 8.9 11.1  
In the last 3 months: Did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn't enough money for food?     0.004
 Yes 11.2 10.4 13.6  
 No 87.0 87.8 84.7  
 Don't know 1.8 1.8 1.7  
In the last 3 months: Were you ever hungry but didn't eat because there wasn't enough money for food?     0.001
 Yes 8.2 7.4 10.5  
 No 90.7 91.5 88.3  
 Don't know 1.1 1.1 1.2  
  1. HH Households; *p-values calculated from chi-squared tests