Food Hardship in America

In February 2011, the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released its annual report, Food Hardship in America 2011, containing food hardship statistical data for the nation. The 2011 report shows the highest ratings in the four years this data has been collected. The southeastern region of the United States rated highest in the nation with all eight states ranking in the food hardship top ten. Mississippi was ranked first with a rate of 24.5% with Alabama ranked a close second at 23.4% meaning one in four individuals in these areas suffer from food hardship.


The report highlights the extreme need for strengthened federal nutrition programs such as SNAP, school meals, WIC, summer, afterschool, and child care food.


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Community stakeholders including Bay Area Food Bank, Mobile United, Mobile County Public Schools System, Infirmary Health Systems, University of South Alabama Continuing Education, USA Center for Healthy Communities, Alabama Department of Public Health State Obesity Task Force, and others, who are interested in a healthier community and workforce came together on November 6, 2014 to hold a “Live Better Mobile Diabesity Conference”. Bay Area Food Bank focused on nutrition in our community, while others discussed nutrition in the workplace and at schools.

The goal of Live Better Mobile is that by April 2016, all adults and children engaged in obesity prevention programs will have a body mass index equal to the national standard. By choosing to live better, Mobilians, in coordination with the many local, state and national partners working to stem the tide of diabetes and obesity, can and will achieve this goal. 

Click here for an infographic on Diabetes and Obesity in Mobile County.

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