America is making headway in addressing food hardship, but one in six respondents to a recent Gallup poll answered “yes” when asked if there had been a time in the past 12 months where they didn’t have enough money to buy food.
That’s according to the Food Action & Research Center’s “How Hungry Is America” report, which found 16 percent of Americans answering the survey answered yes, a drop of nearly 3 percent from 2008.
While the improvement is welcome, that still means millions of Americans are without the resources to feed their families.
“It’s good to see progress, but the food hardship rate is still unacceptable,” FRAC president Jim Weill said in a news release announcing the findings. “The data in this report represent an economic and political failure that is leaving tens of millions of Americans struggling with hunger, and this struggle is happening in every community in America. We must redouble our efforts to ensure no American is left behind.”
In Connecticut, according to the FRAC study, the food hardship rate was 13.5 percent in 2015, ranking the state 39th out of 50 and below the national average.
The study also produced food hardship rates for the largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas – the population centers established by the U.S. Census. According to the study, the Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford MSA had a food hardship rate of 15.1, placing it 72nd overall among 104 MSAs.