Other National Data Paints Picture of Hunger and Poverty in the U.S.
In a February 28, 2012 article, Huffington Post reporter Alexander Eichler reported on trends around hunger and poverty in the United States in his article, “Growing Number of Americans Can’t Afford Food, Study Finds.” A recent report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) included a finding that 19% of people in the United States, including 16% in New Jersey, could not afford to feed everyone in their family in 2011.
Other findings, from additional research sources, help tell the bigger picture of how even with a recovering economy, millions in the U.S. are still living in poverty and their incomes are not keeping up with the cost of living include:
45% of people in the United States report not being able to afford basic living expenses, including shelter;
Over two-fifths of people in the U.S. have such little savings that one financial emergency – a medical crisis, job loss or natural disaster – would push them into poverty; and
A growing number of middle-income owners and renters are paying more than half their earnings just to keep a roof over their heads.