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Washington, D.C. –Mississippi had the highest percentage of people living in poverty in the nation last year and ranked as the second hungriest state, 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 last year.
In Mississippi, 24 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 had proposed cutting funding for SNAP 13 times last year despite the program helping move 3.7 million Americans out of poverty.
“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.
American Community Survey data shows that 21.1 percent of Mississippi households were at risk of hunger last year.
Children continued to be a segment of the population that was most vulnerable to hunger and poverty. Last year the state saw more than 1 in 3 children living in poverty, which included 73,153 children under the age of 6.
“Federal safety-net programs prevent children from going to bed hungry and allow their parents to 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.
Feed the Future, launched in 2010, grew out of the U.S. response, led by President George W. Bush, to the 2007-2008 global food price crisis. Prices of basic foods doubled or tripled in some countries and pushed an additional 150 million people into hunger and malnutrition.
These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C.
While hunger declined from 2017 for the general U.S. population, African Americans experienced a one percent increase, an increase of 153,000 African American households.
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A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.
For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.
Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.
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