Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Food Insecurity In Arizona

The economy may be slowly gaining ground, but new government figures show the battle against hunger is at a standstill. Food insecurity, defined as not always having enough food for regular meals, remains at almost 15% in Arizona and nearly 43% in Yuma County. The state’s figures are the same as the national figure, which has remained steady since the recession began. Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, a national hunger-fighting group, says the numbers are proof that it has become harder to make ends meet even when you have a job.
 
More than 6% of Arizona households have what is known as "very low food security," meaning they miss meals entirely because of a lack of food. Food Stamp critics say the nation cannot afford the program, and also want more restrictions on what people are allowed to buy. Weill says for most families, participation is temporary and research has shown it works to improve people's chances for success at work and school.

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