This just in from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC): More than 28% percent of households with children in New Mexico reported they suffered from "food hardship" (an inability to afford enough food) in 2009-2010.
FRAC announced the numbers in the latest report in its “Food Hardship in America" series, which analyzes data that were collected by Gallup and provided to FRAC. FRAC has analyzed responses to the question: “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”
Some food hardship details for New Mexico:
• In 2009-2010, 28.3 percent of households with children in New Mexico said they were unable to afford enough food. The food hardship rate for households without children was 16.5 percent.• For the Albuquerque Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), the food hardship rate for households with children was 28.2 percent in 2009-2010, and 15.8 percent for households without children. The Albuquerque MSA ranks the 19th highest MSA out of the 100 largest MSAs for food hardship.• Two of the three congressional districts in New Mexico had more than one in four households with children reporting food hardship in 2008-2010.
"These data demonstrate...that this is not the time to make our safety net weaker," said FRAC President Jim Weill, "and Congress must ensure that all deficit negotiations protect nutrition programs and other parts of the safety net that help low-income people.”
The data were gathered as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project, which has interviewed more than one million households since January 2008.
For more detail's visit FRAC's Web site.