GRAPHIC: Fewer people overall struggle with food access, but food insecurity among single mothers still prevalent, USDA data shows

Across the country, fewer people have struggled with reliable access to food because of insufficient income in recent years, according to U.S. Department of Agriculture data from 2015 to 2019. But the percentage of single mothers with children who struggled with food access remained steady over those four years, at about 15-16%. 

For single fathers and married couples with children, the percentage who were food insecure decreased over the same time period. It dropped significantly for single fathers: from 10% in 2015 to 6.5% in 2019. Women’s income is, on average, less than men’s, and women are more likely to stay at home to care for their children, according to The 19th. 

In 2019, about 14% of all U.S. households with children experienced food insecurity. Among them, 5.9% were considered “low food security,” which means parents could not provide adequate, nutritious food for their children at some point in a year because they lacked enough money.

Seresto pet collars under EPA review, but the fight over their safety could take years

More than a decade ago, nonprofit Natural Resources Defense Council petitioned the EPA to ban the use of a pesticide called tetrachlorvinphos in pet products like flea and tick collars. The organization cited studies showing that the chemical, a possible carcinogen, had been linked to brain and nerve damage in children.

House subcommittee seeks voluntary recall of Seresto flea and tick collars

A Congressional subcommittee has asked Elanco to voluntarily recall its Seresto flea and tick collars, following a March 2 Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and USA TODAY story on thousands of incident reports about pet and human harm linked to the use of the collar.