Report Shows 46 Million Americans Use Emergency Food System

Report Shows 46 Million Americans Use Emergency Food System

This amounts to 1 in 7 individuals.
Rochester, NY(WROC)- A report released today by Feeding America shows 46 million Americans utilize the emergency food system in the U.S. That’s about one in seven individuals.

Foodlink, in partnership with the United Way of Greater Rochester, participated in Hunger in America 2014. Key local findings include:

· 50% of households chose between paying for food and paying for medical expenses once in the past 12 months.
· 21% of households exhausted monthly SNAP benefits (food stamps) after two weeks
· 72% of households purchased inexpensive, unhealthy food as a coping strategy
· 56% of agencies reported an increase in the volume of clients compared to the prior year

“The results of this study show us that too often those who struggle with hunger make difficult decisions to get enough food for their families,” said Jeanette Batiste, Co-Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer at Foodlink. “As we look ahead to Hunger Action Month this September, it is important to remember the critical work Foodlink and our partner agencies do every day to not only provide emergency food but to address the root causes of hunger.”

United Way of Greater Rochester invests more than $5.5 million each year in local programs that help local people in need get food, clothing, and shelter.  “This data validates what we already know about our community; there are many people in need facing complex challenges,” said Dawn Borgeest, Senior Vice President and Chief Corporate Affairs Officer at United Way of Greater Rochester. “The great thing about Rochester is that there are many people willing to donate resources and time, along with community partners, like the Rochester Business Alliance’s Health Care Planning Team, working to alleviate those challenges.”

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