More Than A Quarter Of Blacks Have Trouble Paying For Food

June 8, 2015  |  

A new Gallup poll finds that 15.8 percent of Americans had trouble paying for food last year, which is a low point not seen since 2008. But of those experiencing trouble, a disproportionate percentage are Black.

Only 12 percent of Whites report struggles paying for food. But 27 percent of Blacks report a problem. (Hispanics aren’t too far behind with 23.9 percent.) Other groups that have difficulty putting food on the table include women (18.3 percent) and single mothers (19.3 percent).

A decrease in hunger is great, but no one should go hungry in a country that is throwing away 20 pounds of food per person per month. Despite the problems that persist, Americans are finding greater and greater cuts to their food stamp access. Writes The Huffington Post:

In an effort to reduce spending on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Congress last year passed a law changing the way states can factor in utility costs to determine food stamp eligibility. Most of the states affected by the provision took action to prevent benefits from being cut; Wisconsin did not.

A Republican budget proposal in May sought to make cuts to aid for the poor while adding to the defense budget.

No one should abuse the social safety net. And honestly, it appears that few people are. Judging by the line of people snaking around the block at the food pantry down the block from my house, the need is real, and people will wait for hours for a bit of help to feed their families. This Boston nonprofit store is tackling the issue by selling low-priced food that doesn’t follow the “arbitrary” sell by dates on the label. Any food programs out there you want to call attention to? Please take to the comments.

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