Hunger in the US
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HUNGER IN AMERICA
40 million Americans are food insecure,* meaning they are often forced to skip meals, eat less at meals, buy cheap non-nutritious food and/or feed their children but not themselves.4
Over 12 million children in the US are food insecure.5
There are 15 million U.S. households suffering from food insecurity – 11.8 percent of all U.S households.6
5.8 million U.S. households suffer from severe food insecurity, which means the people who live in them are often hungry.7
2.9 million households with children are food insecure at some time each year.8
40.6 million Americans currently rely on SNAP (Supplemental Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) to meet their food needs.9
92% of SNAP households have incomes below the poverty line. Additionally, 82% of all SNAP benefits go to the most vulnerable households – those with children, elderly or disabled people.10
Among SNAP households with children, more than half of adults work while receiving SNAP, and almost 90 percent are employed the prior or subsequent year. SNAP helps Americans return to work, and increasingly, it helps those who already work, but do not receive a sufficient wage to feed themselves or their families.11
Many families suffering from hunger and poverty live in areas where fresh, unprocessed, healthy food is not available or is expensive, while the food they do have access to is nutritionally deficient.12
* The USDA defines ‘food insecurity’ as “the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods.” Characteristics of households with food insecurity include skipping or reducing the size of meals, not being able to afford a balanced meal, going whole days without eating, and going without food despite feeling hungry. Households with very low food security are characterized as having food intake reduced and eating patterns disrupted, because the household lacks money and other resources for food. For these households, 96 percent report skipping and reducing meals because of not having enough money for food.
In the midst of a recovering economy, low unemployment and nearly nonexistent inflation, the fact remains that nearly 1 in 7 Americans still goes to bed hungry each night. According to recent statistics released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 15.8 million U.S. households — that’s 12.7 percent of the total — didn’t have enough food to eat at some point last year, the latest period for which numbers are available.
That’s a tick down from the 14 percent of households that didn’t have adequate food (or what the USDA defines as “food insecure”) in 2014, but the numbers are still higher than where they were just a decade ago. Adding to the crisis is the fact that by the end of this year, up to 1 million Americans will have lost food-stamp benefits because of changes in the law that affect eligibility.
ne-fifth of people experiencing homelessness
on a single night in 2018 were children (20%
or 111,592), 71 percent were over the age of 24,
and nine percent were between the ages of 18
Children experiencing homelessness were
rarely unsheltered. Nine in ten children
were staying in sheltered locations. Children
comprised only five percent of all people in
Six in 10 people experiencing homelessness
(or 332,925 people) were men or boys, and 39
percent (216,211) were women or girls. Less
than one percent were either transgender
(2,521) or gender non-conforming (1,173).
Just as with unemployment figures these are only estimates and just as with
the unemployment figures they fall woefully short of the actual totals of the suffering
poor & hungry in the United States. This is to our collective shame, at least for those of us
who can still feel that emotion…
“Never argue with a fool, onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.”
January 7, 2019 at 3:55 PM #9522jwirrParticipant
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is why the food stamps should never be taken away when the government is shut down. Most of the recipients of food stamps are children, elderly (I get a whole $15 a month and have @$800 income a month.), the disabled who cannot work and BTW if things have not changed there are many working families including military families who get food stamps. For the last two it is the business/military that are being subsidized not the citizens.
January 7, 2019 at 6:19 PM #9572JustSayinParticipant
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#Paygo by progressives would force Nancy to help with food stamps. Oh I forgot foodstanps only benefit whites so it’s ok plus Nancy promised ro bypass paygo and when do neoliberals fail to keep their promises?
Never expect different result by following the previous steps
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