1 in 10 is Too Many – Especially If It Is YOU!
Karen knows food insecurity firsthand; she sees the pain on her children’s faces. Her family, like 1 in 10 across Washington, struggled to put food on their tables last year. And Karen isn’t who you think she is.
Food insecurity is defined by the USDA as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life. Household food insecurity rates in Washington (10.3%) and nationally (11.1%) have bottomed out but are still higher than they were before the 2008 recession.
Despite Washington State’s above national average continued economic growth, our most vulnerable are falling even further behind. When it comes to hunger, that is, when a household persistently can’t access enough food, Washington’s rate has barely budged: 4% of households experience hunger, a rate far higher than our pre-recession rate of 3.5%.
Household food insecurity data further back-up what we instinctively know: Hunger is driven by poverty and racial disparities. We continue to see significantly higher rates of food insecurity in families with children, in rural communities, and in households of color. For example, food insecurity in rural communities like Grays Harbor is 12.7% compared to 10.8% in metro areas while rural communities’ hunger is 4.8% compared to 4.2% in metro areas.
Karen is your neighbor, a single mom, living and raising kids on the North Beach coast but struggling to make ends meet. She often goes without so her children can eat. She is also the grandmother down the street and the native American up the road. Each struggling with food insecurity.
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