Insecurity In America

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The United States has a population of 323,100,000 people as of 2016, however 42,238,000 people are at risk of going hungry giving a 13.4% rate. The average meal cost $2.94 in the US with $22,267,592,013 as the annual food budget shortfall. (“Map the Meal Gap”) On average, US households experience the risk of going hungry seven months out of the year. (“How We Got the Map Data”) Feeding America found that food insecurity varies by geographic regions and status. It found that counties in the South have the highest rate at 16.1%, while the West has 13.7%, Midwest is 12.1% and Northeast regions at 11.8% of food insecurity. (“Food Insecurity by Region”)
By this data, we know that the south has a more prominent presence of food insecurity in the
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This information told them that 1 in 8 people, 13.4%, lived in homes without dependable access to meals. However, this number was a substantial decrease from the previous year, 2014, which had 48 million people worried about adequate food. Unfortunately, the percentage is greatly increased for the number of children who go hungry compared to the overall rate. The rate of child hunger is 17.9% meaning that every 1 in 6 children do not know when their next meal will be. (“What is the Issue”) This study also discovered that 26% of people make too much to qualify for most of these federal supplemental programs such as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This results in 20% of children going hungry because they live in these households.
Since 2013, Mississippi’s food insecurity rate has dropped 1.2%. This may not seem like a difference to most, however much has changed. Noxubee county was once included into the most extreme and has now dropped 1.2% in poverty regions. Also, Tishomingo, Desoto, Pontotoc, and Rankin county have decreased into the least extreme poverty cases whereas they were mostly in the 20-24% rate. Unfortunately, some counties like Pike and Chickasaw county has increased. (“2013 County Food Insecurity in MS”) These differences come with economic and job status of these
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