(Wahington) – According to some new data released on food insecurity on Wednesday, September 4, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service annual report one in six households in Missouri struggled with hunger on average between 2010-2012.
On a national level more than 48.0 million people lived in households that were food insecure in 2012, which can be broke down into 14.1 percent of adults and 21.6 percent of all children in the United States.
These new food insecurity numbers come as members of Congress are preparing to return next week from their August recess. The Farm Bill remains on Congress’ agenda, and the House majority leadership, which passed a partial Farm Bill earlier this summer. This bill did not include a nutrition title, but is expected to strip $40 billion in funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as food stamps; throwing millions of people out of the program.
Glenn Koenen, Hunger Task Force Chair for the Missouri Association for Social Welfare said that given the level of food insecurity that continues to persist in this state, Congress needs to stop asking how much to cut from SNAP and other low-income programs and start acting on what is going to help struggling families. He added that far too many people in our state are still continuing to struggle with hunger, and that we should urge our Members of Congress to pass a Farm Bill that doesn’t cut SNAP.
The public also rejects proposals to cut SNAP. Recent polling by Hart Research Associates for FRAC shows that Americans of all types oppose cuts to SNAP, and they believe the government should and must do more to address hunger.