New data released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) reveal for the very first time the extent to which Americans are struggling to afford enough food in every Congressional District and 100 of the country’s largest metropolitan areas. The data chronicles food hardship through December 2009, providing a unique up-to-date examination of how millions of American households in every part of the country are struggling with hunger in the recession.
- In 2009, in 20 states, more than one in five respondents said that they experienced food hardship; in 45 states more than 15 percent reported food hardship. For households with children, in 22 states one quarter or more of respondents reported food hardship.
- Of the 100 largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), 82 had 15 percent or more of respondents answering that they did not have enough money to buy needed food at times in the last 12 months. For the 50 largest MSAs, 15 had more than one in four households with children reporting food hardship.