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Family worried food would run out before got money to buy more, last 30 days

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For sample children and sample adults (and prior to 2019, all persons) FSRUNOUT indicates whether in the last 30 days, it was often true, sometimes true or never true that their family worried their food would run out before they got money to buy more.

FSRUNOUT is one of a set of variables comprising the Family Food Security Supplement, designed to study 30-day family food security. For more information about the measurement of 30-day family food security or for a list of other variables in the Family Food Security Supplement, please refer to FSRAWSCORE).


Beginning in 2019, NHIS data collection changed to select only one sample adult and sample child per household. Accordingly, for 2019-forward, FSRUNOUT is only available for the sample child age 0-17 and the sample adult age 18 and older.

The NHIS questionnaire was substantially redesigned in 2019 to introduce a different data collection structure and new content. For more information on changes in terminology, universes, and data collection methods beginning in 2019, please see the user note.


  • 2011-2018: All persons.
  • 2019-2022: All sample children age 0-17 and all sample adults age 18+.


  • 2011-2022