WHO RECEIVES FOOD ASSISTANCE
Today more than ever, many people receive food assistance. Every year, 1 in 7 Americans, or 46.5 million, turns to the Feeding America network for help.
While many are working hard to try and support their families, underemployment, stagnant wages, and the rising cost of living make their struggle even more difficult. More than half of these households report at least one person living in the home was working, but most likely only part-time. The median monthly income of these Americans is $927, which means they have to make choices like those listed on the graph to the right.
Source: Feeding America
For most, the need is brief and serves as a helping hand between jobs or in times of disaster or dire circumstances. For others, the need is ongoing. The face of hunger looks different than you might imagine.
In Indiana, there are over 888,000 people who sometimes have to go without food. Nearly 280,000 of those are children; 47% of the households receiving SNAP assistance in Indiana include children.
- Had to choose between food and utilities. 69% 69%
- Had to choose between food and transportation. 67% 67%
- Had to choose between food and medical care. 66% 66%
- Had to choose between food and housing. 57% 57%
- Had to choose between food and education. 31% 31%