September 30, 2014

Arkansas Ranks Among the Hungriest and Poorest States

Washington, D.C. – Arkansas had the highest percentage of hungry people in the nation last year and ranked fourth for the percentage of residents who are poor, according to a Bread for the World analysis of the latest U.S. Census data. Over 49 million Americans were at risk of hunger, and 45 million Americans lived in poverty in 2013.

American Community Survey data shows that 21.2 percent of Arkansas households were at risk of hunger last year.

“With families on average still earning $4,500 less than before the recession, the road to recovery and freedom from food insecurity will continue to be an arduous one,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World.

In Arkansas, 19.7 percent of residents lived in poverty. According to Bread’s analysis, the state also had one of the highest participation rates in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps). Congress proposed cutting funding for SNAP 13 times last year despite the program helping move 3.7 million Americans out of poverty.

Children continued to be a segment of the population that was most vulnerable to hunger and poverty. Last year, more than 1 in 4 children in Arkansas lived in poverty, which included 60,708 children under the age of 6.  

“Federal safety-net programs prevent children from going to bed hungry and allow their parents continue to look for work. We need to vote for leaders who are committed to ending hunger and poverty and hold them accountable once in office,” concluded Beckmann.

Offering of Letters

The 2017 Offering of Letters campaign urges Congress to invest in and protect vital policies and safety-net programs — including WIC, global nutrition, SNAP, and refundable tax credits. We have made great progress reducing hunger and poverty in our country and around the world, but our work remains unfinished.

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