Bread Highlights the 10 Hungriest and Poorest States

Bread Highlights the 10 Hungriest and Poorest States

October 2014

In September, the U.S. government released figures for both hunger and poverty for the nation. Annual figures look at the previous year, and statistics showed that for 2013, there was a slight decrease in both hunger and poverty.

However, Bread believes that too many Americans are still living in these conditions.

For hunger, an annual U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) report, Household Food Security in the United States 2013, revealed that 14.3 percent of U.S. households were food-insecure last year. This number is a slight decline since 2011 but remains well above the rates of food insecurity recorded before the recession.

And U.S. Census Bureau figures from its annual report, Income and Poverty in the United States: 2013, showed that poverty decreased slightly — by 0.5 percent — in 2013. It is the first time a decrease has been seen since 2006. The bureau announced that 14.5 percent of Americans lived in poverty in 2013. Additionally, child poverty declined for the first time since 2000, from 21.8 percent to 19.9 percent.

Bread has been examining these two sets of figures together because it believes there is a symbiotic relationship between hunger and poverty. Bread’s analysis has encompassed overall, national figures and drilling down to individual states, especially those with the highest rates.
Who’s at the Top?

According to Bread’s analysis, the states with the highest proportion of hungry and poor people are in the Southern United States. Several states in the region account for large portions of the more than 49 million Americans who were at risk of hunger and 45 million Americans who lived in poverty last year.

To see table with states and read full article, go HERE