Household Struggle to Afford Enough Food

by / Thursday, 08 August 2013 / Published in Local 1521A News

Nearly one in four U.S. households with children struggled to afford enough food for themselves and their families in 2010, according to a new report(pdf) released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), the lead advocacy organization working to end hunger in America through stronger public policies. The analysis separately examines food hardship rates “ the inability to afford enough food “ for households with children and without children nationally and in every state, every Congressional District and 100 of the country’s largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

Nationally in 2010 the food hardship rate for households without children was 14.9 percent, and it was 23.4 percent for families with children.Among the findings of deep and widespread food hardship are the following:

  • 368 Congressional Districts have at least one in six households with children struggling with food hardship, answering that they did not have enough money to buy needed food at times in the last 12 months. 195 Congressional Districts have a food hardship rate of at least one in four for households with children.
  • Of the 100 largest MSAs, 40 had at least one in four households with children (25 percent or more) struggling with food hardship and every one of the 100 largest MSAs had 15 percent or more of such households affirmatively answering the Gallup question.
  • In 21 states and the District of Columbia the rate for households with children reporting food hardship exceeded 25 percent.

The data in this report show that food hardship “ running out of money to buy the food that households need “ is a substantial challenge in every corner of this country, said FRAC President Jim Weill. These data demonstrate, as if any further evidence were needed, that this is not the time to make our safety net weaker. Congress must ensure that all deficit consideration protects federal nutrition programs “ SNAP (food stamps) and child nutrition and senior nutrition programs “ and other parts of the safety net that help low-income people. 

The Coalition of Labor Union Women supports FRAC’s mission to end childhood hunger.

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