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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

MANY U.S. FAMILIES ARE ON THE BRINK OF HUNGER


Nearly two-thirds of low-income parents in the U.S. (64%) say a single unplanned expense would make it difficult to feed their families, a new survey reveals. Nearly all of the families surveyed who rely on food programs (92%) are working families – at least one adult in the house works full-time, part-time or multiple jobs. 59% of parents admit that, in the last year, the food they bought didn’t last and they didn’t have money to buy more. A majority of children from low-income families (59%) say they have come to school hungry, and 46% of them say hunger hurts their performance in school. Teachers often end up buying food for students who are not getting enough to eat at home--59%
of teachers regularly do this, spending nearly $300 a year out of their own pockets to fill the gap.

Source: No Hungry Kid, 8/2/17, On the Brink