A report was released this week that finds one in four households with children in the U.S. cannot afford food.
On Thursday, House Republicans passed a bill with steep cuts toward funding for food stamps.
The Food Research and Action Center released a report that surveyed about 1.8 million households with and without children from 2008 to 2012 and tracked if households consistently had enough money to afford to buy food, reports Gannett Albany’s Ashley Hupfl.
Households were asked the question, “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you and your family needed?”
Nationwide, the report found an average of 18.2 percent of all households had experienced the inability to afford food nationwide. Households with children had a 23.5 percent rate of food hardship.
“While we can be heartened by the fact that such cuts will never be approved by the Senate or President, it is still immoral that in a country as rich as the U.S., so many elected officials are willing to take food away from vulnerable citizens at a time of high unemployment and poverty, especially among children and senior citizens,” said Mark Dunlea, executive director of Hunger Action Network of NY.
The report is supported by data released by the federal government that reported one in six Americans struggled with hunger in 2012.
New York ranked 26 out of the 50 states in households with children with hunger issues, about 23.6 percent of households. The highest was Mississippi at 31.5 percent of households with children experiencing hunger. North Dakota had the lowest food hardship rate at 8. percent.
The report found out of the largest 100 metropolitan statistical areas, 78 metropolitan areas had a food hardship rate over 20 percent.
The rate was 20.5 percent in the Albany area of households with children. It was the same in the Poughkeepsie area, ranking it 71st among metropolitan area in the country. The Rochester area ranked 85 in the nation, with about 19 percent of households with children experiencing hunger.
The New York City area ranked 67th, with about 21 percent of households with children having hunger problems.