Thursday, December 23, 2021

Hungry in the USA

 The U.S. Census Bureau estimated more than 21 million Americans didn’t have enough to eat in early December as pandemic relief payments run out and grocery prices rise. Low-income families may soon face more pressure with monthly child tax credit payments ending.

The number of households in which there was sometimes or often not enough to eat reached 9.7% this month, a five-month high, according to data collected between December 1 and 13 by the U.S. Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey. That figure in households with children sunk from 11% to 7.8% in August, after the first child tax credit monthly payments went out.

Grocery prices in the U.S. are up 6.4% from a year earlier.

 Food banks are also seeing a rise in demand, and clinics meant to help malnourished and underfed children have seen an increase in patients.

Hunger in US is on the rise as pandemic relief dries up | Food News | Al Jazeera

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