Indeed, nearly one in six Americans are struggling to get enough to eat. And that has placed an ever-growing number of people in the precarious position of being “food insecure,” in turn costing the U.S. economy roughly $167 billion annually in a variety of ways, according to a new report from the Center for American Progress.
Some 48 million Americans do not enjoy that kind of security — a number that has grown by 12 million since 2007, before the recession hit, and today includes more than 17 million children.
FOOD INSECURITY COSTS HUNDREDS OF BILLIONS
Food insecurity—the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food— exists in 17.2 million households in America, 3.9 million of them with children.
Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line, among households with children headed by single parents (35.1% of female-headed households with children are food-insecure) and among Black and Hispanic households.
Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities
− 25 % of households with children living in large cities are food-insecure.
The typical (median) food-secure household spent 27 percent more for food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and composition.
59% of food-insecure households reported that in the previous month they had participated in one or more of the three largest federal food and nutrition assistance programs: SNAP (formerly food stamps), School Lunch and WIC.
NO KID HUNGRY
National Black United Front
The 1st Sunday of every month, the NBUF DC sponsors “FEED THE HOOD” program that disseminates food to members of the community at the intersection of MLK, Jr. and Malcolm X Ave in SE, Washington DC.
Food insecurity and good nutrients, have always been an issue in many urban communities.
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