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Food Insecurity to worsen in America

Food insecurity is getting worse for millions of Americans as food assistance programs have expired in most of the states.

December 13, 2023

Despite inflation improving, a majority of Americans this fall experienced that the economy was making food insecurity worse for Millions of Low-income people in the U.S.

The number of Americans who didn’t have food to eat went up last year as the pandemic-era food assistance programs expired in many states. Researchers also found that one-third of people in the U.S. went through food insecurity at some point in their lives.

Americans are worried about the high cost of food and not being able to afford basic needs like housing. Rising expenses such as rent, gas, and healthcare are significantly straining people’s grocery budgets. The survey, conducted on November 7 and 8, reveals that after inflation, homelessness ranks as the second most pressing economic concern for people nationwide.

The report found that 3 in 4 people feel that the economy is creating a bigger food insecurity crisis. The low-income people are witnessing severe financial uncertainty at the height of covid-19 pandemic. It seems that food insecurity is getting worse and folks are also concerned about it.

According to the researchers, Americans aged 18-34 were twice as likely as those aged 55 or more to know what it feels like to not have enough to eat.

College students and young professionals are finding it difficult to get out of debt whereas undergraduates are likely to work the lowest paying jobs because that’s the only work option they have. One of the easiest ways to cut back on high fees is to skip the meal plan entirely.

Carlisle Watts, president of the food pantry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill said, “Food insecurity is way more prevalent than anyone would ever think or know”.

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Thornton Claire. “What makes food insecurity worse? When everything else costs more too, Americans say”. USA Today, December 8, 2023,
America’s college-aged kids don’t have enough to eat (usatoday.com)

Last Updated: September 20, 2021