The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) found the first increase in the national food hardship rate after several years of decline. How Hungry is America? finds that families in every community in the country continue to experience food hardship, indicating that there continues to be a strong need for public and private assistance programs alike.
The national food hardship rate for households with children rose from 17.5 percent to 18.4 percent.
The data were gathered as part of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index project, which has been interviewing hundreds of households daily since January 2008. FRAC analyzed responses to the question: “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” A “yes” answer to this question is considered to signal that the household experienced food hardship.
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