Saturday, August 13, 2022

Play

Voting-rights groups sue AZ to block 'Election Security' Bills; U.S House vote expected today on the new Inflation Reduction Act; the Attorney General moves to release details on search of Trump s home.

Play

Local election officials detail how election misinformation is fueling threats; Media outlets ask a court to unseal the search warrant of Donald Trump's home; and the CDC changes its approach to COVID-19.

Play

Infrastructure funding is on its way, ranchers anticipate money from the Inflation Reduction Act, and rural America is becoming more diverse, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the leadership.

More than 17 Million American Households Struggle to Put Food on the Table

Play

Thursday, September 5, 2013   

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The economy may be picking up, but when it comes to feeding their families, many Missourians are still treading water or going under.

A new study by the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that nearly 17 percent of households in the state are food insecure. That's up from 10 percent 10 years ago.

Glen Keonen, chairman of the hunger task force of the Missouri Association for Social Welfare, says many of those families live in rural areas where jobs and more affluent people have moved out. The people who stayed don't have enough money to move, some are elderly and some of the others suffer from chronic illnesses.

"We're coming up with more and more counties in Missouri where they do not have a doctor, a pharmacy, or a grocery store," he adds.

All over the state, he says, many families live on such low wage jobs that they qualify for the SNAP program, commonly known as food stamps.

Congressional Republicans are calling for billions of dollars in cuts to SNAP.

But Keonen says with numbers like these, the program should be expanded, along with school lunches, breakfasts and other programs that prevent hunger.

Jim Weill, president of the Food Research and Action Center, says food insecurity is so widespread that almost everybody knows someone who has had to get food stamps at one time or another, just to make it through the tough times.

"Half of all American children, and half of all adults during their working years, receive food stamps at some point,” he says. “And that's not because people aren't trying to work hard and doing their best, but because the economy has created so much unemployment and low wages, and economic insecurity."

When food stamps are cut, hunger increases and the experts say that hunger carries even more long-term costs.

A study by the American Center for Progress points out that when children are hungry they do worse in school and education costs go up. Workers without enough food are less productive. Also, without adequate nutrition people get sick, so health care costs increase.

The total bill for failing to prevent hunger, the center says, adds up to more than $167 billion a year.







get more stories like this via email

Since the 2020 election, at least 19 states have passed 34 laws restrict­ing access to voting, according to the Brennan Center For Justice. (Orlowiski Designs/Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Voting-rights advocates are suing the state of Arizona over new regulations they say make it harder for some people to register and would block thousa…


Social Issues

New Hampshire ranks second in the country on measures of child well-being, according to the new 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey …

Social Issues

Massachusetts ranks first in the nation for children's well-being, according to the 2022 Kids Count Data Book from the Annie E. Casey Foundation…


While there are continued disparities, an annual report says Minnesota has seen progress in elevating kids out of poverty, with 12% of children falling into that category. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

Minnesota once again gets a high ranking among states for child well-being, but an annual report says the state's disparities remain a challenge…

Social Issues

Some measurements of children's well-being show warning signs in Iowa in the area of education. The numbers contrast with Iowa's overall ranking in a …

Pictured in the center is Francine "Fran" Pace, one of 11 graduates of this summer's Youth Leadership Academy for Iowans with disabilities. (Photo courtesy of DD Council).

Health and Wellness

Nearly a dozen Iowa youths with disabilities are taking newly developed leadership skills out into the world. A summer academy wrapped up this month…

Environment

A coalition of community organizations teamed up in Oregon to force a chronic polluter out of business, and bring environmental justice to a nearby …

Health and Wellness

During National Health Center Week, health-care advocates are highlighting the work Community Health Centers are doing to improve access to care …

 

Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021