The number of Americans struggling to put food on the table remains at record levels though the Obama administration says the government’s safety net has kept hunger from getting worse.
The USDA reports about one out of every six Americans had trouble coming up with enough money to buy food at some point last year.
That’s nearly 49 million people – 14.5 percent of the population – a figure virtually unchanged from previous year.
That marks a second consecutive year that the USDA’s annual hunger survey has found ”food insecurity” at the highest levels since the government started the report in 1995.
On a dimly lit bright side, there has been a very slight drop in the number of people who say things were so bad that they had run out of food, skipped meals or otherwise cut back on eating on one or more occasions. More than 16 million people lived in these hardest-hit homes.
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