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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