Nearly One in Five of NJ’s Households with Children Report Inability to Afford Enough
The Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) released a report Food Hardship in America 2010 which looks at rates of food hardship households with and without children.households with and without children. The rates are analyzed by state, by Metropolitan Statistical Area, and by Congressional District.
Although New Jersey was ranked 46th with a rate of 13.0% for households without children and 19.2% for households with children, this is still an unacceptable level.
In addition, the 10th Congressional District represented by Congressman Donald Payne was ranked as 28th of the 45 Congressional Districts with the Highest Rates of Food Hardship in Households with Children. The table at the end of this post documents the rate by each congressional district.
Click here for a comparison on NJ data from 2007 to 2009.
The data is based on the number of households answering “yes” over the course of a year to the question whether there were times over the past year “when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed”.
With a decade of job-killing spending cuts in place and more being planned, now is the time to defend programs that protect the most vulnerable of our fellow citizens.
FRAC President Jim Weill said:
The data in this report show that food hardship – running out of money to buy the food that households need – is a substantial challenge in every corner of this country. These data demonstrate, as if any further evidence were needed, that this is not the time to make our safety net weaker. Congress must ensure that all deficit consideration protects federal nutrition programs – SNAP (food stamps) and child nutrition and senior nutrition programs – and other parts of the safety net that help low-income people.
These data merely underscore what every Member of Congress should know already — that his or her district has tens of thousands of households struggling with hunger or food insecurity. Weakening any of these key safety net programs will make hunger and malnutrition more common and deeper. It will increase fiscal deficits, further weaken the economy, and increase human suffering in the district.