Wisconsin: A Hunger and Poverty Snapshot

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In Wisconsin, between 2019-2021:

  • Food insecurity in Wisconsin averaged 9.90%.
  • Wisconsin’s food insecurity rate was 0.5% lower than the national average of 10.4%.
  • The official poverty rate (which does not account for income from safety-net and tax-support programs such as SNAP, EITC, and others) in the state averaged 8.6%.
  • But using the Supplemental Poverty Measure (which does include safety-net and tax-support income), the poverty rate falls to 5.4%. In other words, these programs reduced the poverty rate in Wisconsin by 37% and the number of people living in poverty by 188,000.
  • SNAP, alone, lifted 110,000 people above the poverty line in Wisconsin, including 47,000 children, per year between 2013 and 2017, on average.

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