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One in Four Households with Children in New Mexico Reporting Food Hardship

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 19thhighest 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.

"The food hardship rate in New Mexico for households with children is far too high, demonstrating a significant need for increasing family access to federal food assistance services," said Meghann Dallin, manager of the New Mexico No Kid Hungry Campaign, project of the New Mexico Collaboration to End Hunger. "In our state almost 40% of children eligible for free and reduced price school breakfast and about 70% of children eligible for summer food programming do not access these services. It is essential that state and local agencies and organizations continue to work collectively to decrease the barriers children and their families have in accessing food assistance services."

The food hardship data were gathered as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project, which has interviewed more than one million households since January 2008.

Find out more at FRAC's website



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