WASHINGTON, DC, – According to new hunger data released today by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture (USDA), 25.1 percent of African-American
households suffered from food insecurity in 2010. Among
African-American households with children, the figure is much
higher—nearly one in three. These figures remain higher than the
general population and more than double those of non-Hispanic white
“High rates of unemployment have made it difficult for many U.S. Households
to put food on the table—but communities of color continue to be
disproportionately impacted,” said Rev. Derrick Boykin, Associate
for African American Leadership Outreach at Bread for the World.
One in five Americans—and nearly one in four African
Americans—currently participate in the Supplemental Nutrition
Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps).
Although hunger among African-Americans and Hispanics remains unconscionably
high—especially when compared to non-Hispanic white Americans—it
would be much higher were it not for federally-funded safety net
programs that helped keep millions of Americans from going hungry.
According to today’s USDA report, 59 percent of all food-insecure households
participated in one or more of the three largest nutrition assistance
programs around the time that the 2010 data were collected. However,
programs such as SNAP, Medicaid, and WIC are currently on the
chopping block as the next phase of the battle to balance the budget
and reduce the deficit now falls on the Joint Select Committee on
Deficit Reduction—or “Super Committee”—which must identify
$1.5 trillion in federal deficit reductions.
“It is unconscionable that Congress is considering cuts to programs that
help families make ends meet,” added Boykin. “As Congress returns
from August recess to resume budget and deficit reduction debates, we
must urge members to expand the Circle of Protection around programs
that offset the ongoing impacts of the recession as millions of
Americans work to meet their basic needs.”
Across the board, rates of hunger and poverty within Hispanic and
African-American communities tend to be disproportionately higher
than those of non-Hispanic white communities. The USDA figures also
revealed that 26.2 percent of Hispanic households suffered from food
insecurity in 2010.
For additional data on food insecurity, visit www.bread.org.
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Testing is open to female veterans registered at the Zablocki VA, and is
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canteen as long as supplies last.
For more information about testing, call the Women’s Health Clinic at
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