One in Nine Wisconsin Households Face Food Insecurity
One in nine households in Wisconsin has difficulty providing food for all their members due to a lack of resources, according to a new report from the U.S Department of Agriculture. That rate is sharply up from a decade ago, when one in 12 Wisconsin households faced food insecurity.
The chart below shows the percentage of Wisconsin households with food insecurity at different points over the last decade: 8.1% in 2000-02, 11.4% in 2007-09, and 11.2% in 2010-12.
About one in 20 Wisconsin households face very low food security, a more severe form of food insecurity that means that the food intake of household members was reduced and normal eating patterns were reduced due to limited resources.
Nationally, about one in seven households struggled with food insecurity in 2012, including one out of five households with children.
One of the most effective tools we have to combat food insecurity is the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP or food stamps. But some lawmakers at both the state and national level have been working to limit eligibility for SNAP and/or reduce benefit levels. Next week, U.S. of House of Representatives leaders are expected to unveil a proposal that would reduce the number of people receiving food assistance through SNAP by four to six million people, and would cut benefits for many more people, including low-income working families with children. Today’s New York Times has an article that tells the stories of families struggling to make ends meet by relying on SNAP to help put food on the table.