Food insecure households experience disruptions in the quality and quantity of the household food supply due to a lack of resources. They are struggling to make ends meet.
I wanted to create a visualization that shows the stark differences in rates of food insecurity over time and by region and state. Typically, national-level estimates get the spotlight because we all want one number that summarizes the issue. What I think happens though, is that variation gets put in the background and meaningful differences between regions and states are overlooked.
Here I put state and regional variation in the spotlight. I also respect the national perspective, by comparing states to the national average. The challenge was putting all 50 states (and DC!) and the seven regions in one graph.