Hunger is growing in AmericaFor the fifth consecutive year, the number of food-insecure Americans has increased.
In 2004, more than 38 million people were living in food-insecure households (meaning that the household lacked sufficient resources to provide enough food for all family members). That’s nearly 2 million more than the year before and 7 million more than in 2000.
Florida is doing better than most states, as its numbers are going down. From 1996 to 2004, Florida had the fourth largest decrease in the number of food-insecure households. Still, 729,432 Florida households were food insecure last year. That’s 10.8%of the state’s population, compared to a national rate of 11.9%.
Read the whole USDA report here.
So why is hunger increasing in America? The answers include wage stagnation, joblessness, underemployment, and rising prices for health care, energy and other essentials. And Congress isn’t helping; just before leaving for the Thanksgiving break, the House of Representatives voted to cut a stunning array of services low-income people need. Among other economic hardships that would be inflicted by the House proposal, at least 150,000 low-income working families would lose food stamps.