Thursday, February 28, 2013

Report: 15.4 Percent of Idaho Households Struggling to Put Food on Table

Posted By on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Possible signs of economic recovery were tampered this morning by a new report that indicates one in seven Idaho households were unable to afford enough food in 2012.

The analysis from the Food Research and Action Center—providing data on the nation's inability to afford enough to eat—also revealed that the City of Boise's food hardship rate for 2011-2012 was 16.9 percent.

“It is unacceptable that so many people across Idaho are struggling and cannot afford enough food to provide for their families,” said Kathy Gardner, director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force. “These numbers show us that we must make our nation’s safety net stronger, not weaker. We can’t afford to leave these vulnerable people behind.”

Gardner and members of the Idaho task force will be attending the upcoming National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, sponsored by FRAC in early March, when Gem State representatives are expected to share the latest data with Idaho's congressional delegation.

“The conversation needs to change in Washington, and Congress needs to focus on building—not weakening—our nation’s safety net," said Gardner. "The first step is passing a Farm Bill this year that protects and strengthens SNAP [food stamps].”

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