Detroit, MI – More than one in eight households in Michigan struggled with hunger on average in the years 2010-2012, according to new data released September 4, 2013 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service in its annual report on food insecurity. Nationally, more than 48.9 million people lived in households that were food insecure in 2012 – 14.1 percent of all adults and 21.6 percent of all children lived in food insecure households.
These new food insecurity numbers come as Members of Congress are preparing to return next week from their August recess. The Farm Bill remains on Congress’ agenda, and the House majority leadership – which passed earlier this summer a partial Farm Bill that did not include a nutrition title – is expected to introduce a bill that would strip $40 billion in funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), throwing millions of people out of the program.
“Given the level of food insecurity that continues to persist in this state, Congress needs to stop asking how much to cut from SNAP and other low-income programs and start acting on what is going to help struggling families,” said Terri Stangl, director of the Center for Civil Justice. “Far too many people in our state continue to struggle with hunger, and we urge our Members of Congress to pass a Farm Bill that doesn’t cut SNAP.”
Among the 13.4 percent of people living in households in Michigan considered to be food insecure during the 2010-2012 period, 5.3 percent were considered to be in households with “very low food security.” Households that fall into this USDA category had more severe problems, experiencing deeper hunger and cutting back or skipping meals on a more frequent basis for both adults and children.
The public also rejects proposals to cut SNAP. Recent polling by Hart Research Associates for FRAC shows that Americans of all types oppose cuts to SNAP, and they believe the government should – and must – do more to address hunger.
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