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Thursday, November 3, 2016

SUMMARIZING THE NEW NUMBERS ON HUNGER


In recent weeks, a cascade of research has been released on the number of Americans struggling against hunger and poverty. Here’s a brief summary.

  • The Census Bureau’s annual report on income and poverty shows that the national poverty rate decreased from the recession high of 15.1% in 2010 to 13.5% in 2015. Mirroring this decline, USDA national food insecurity research reveals that the national rate of individuals living in food insecure households dropped significantly from 15.4% in 2014 to 13.4% in 2015.
  • According to the Food Research and Action Council’s latest report, 1 in 5 families with children could not afford adequate food at some points in 2015. If it weren’t for federal nutrition programs, these numbers would be even worse.
  • USDA’s food security report shows single-parent families with children were significantly more likely to be food insecure when headed by a woman than by a man (30.3 to 22.4%). Economically, the poverty rate for single mothers is 28.2%, nearly nine percentage points higher than for single fathers.

Source: Food Research & Action Center, 10/20/16, Hunger Data