Some 15 million households with 40 million people struggled to afford enough food at some point in 2017, new Agriculture Department data show. That’s about 11.8 percent of households that experienced food insecurity — those in which some members struggled to afford adequate nutritious food at some point during the year. These data are an important reminder to lawmakers drafting the final 2018 farm bill of how many Americans continue to struggle and why SNAP (formerly food stamps) is so important. Studies have shown that SNAP reduces food insecurity, which can have important impacts on health and well-being. Cutting SNAP, as the partisan House-passed farm bill proposes, would only put low-income households at greater risk of food insecurity.