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Table 2 Items contributing to the assessment of food security in adults ages 40–100 in the U.S

From: COVID-19 pandemic-related changes in wellness behavior among older Americans

Questiona Points assignedb
The food that (I/we) bought just didn’t last, and (I/we) didn’t have money to get more. Was that often, sometimes, or never true for (you/your household) in the last 12 months? Often true = 2
Sometimes true = 1
Never true = 0
Don’t know = 0
(I/we) couldn’t afford to eat balanced meals. Was that often, sometimes, or never true for (you/your household) in the last 12 months? Often true = 2
Sometimes true = 1
Never true = 0
Don’t know = 0
In the last 12 months, did you ever eat less than you felt you should because there wasn’t enough money for food? Yes = 2
No = 0
Don’t know = 0
In the last 12 months, were you ever hungry but didn’t eat because there wasn’t enough money for food? Yes = 2
No = 0
Don’t know = 0
  1. aQuestions from the short form of the Houseful Food Security Scale [34]
  2. bScores for food security range from 0 to 8, with higher score (following transformation with raw scores subtracted from 8) indicating higher food security