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Recession's Consequence: Rise of the 'Working Poor'


By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff 

Posted Jan 15, 2013 10:37 AM CST 

(NEWSER) – The good news: More people went back to work in the US in 2011. The bad news: Many of them took lower-paying jobs, leading to an increase in the number of working poor families that year, a new analysis shows. In 2011, there were 200,000 more working poor families—those struggling with poverty even though the parents are employed—than in 2010, according to the Working Poor Project's report. All in all, almost one-third of working families struggle near the poverty rate and may not be able to meet basic needs. That's an increase from 28% in 2007 and 31% in 2010. 
Parents in these families most likely took service industry jobs—maids, restaurant servers, cashiers, janitors, cooks—that offer fewer hours, lower pay, fewer benefits, and less job security. A co-author of the report said the results were somewhat surprising, considering Census officials said last year that the poverty rate in the US had stabilized, Reuters reports. But what economic improvement we are seeing affects people in the US disproportionately, he explains. The top 20% of Americans got 48% of all income, while the bottom 20% got less than 5%. About 10.4 million US families, or 47.5 million people, now live near the poverty rate.

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), recently reported that 14.5 percent of American households remain food insecure - meaning 1 in 7 households in the United States had difficulty at some time during the year in providing enough food for all their members.

Older Americans Month

Every year since 1963, May has been designated by the National Council of Senior Citizens as the month for the United States to appreciate and celebrate older adults and their contributions to our communities.

Likewise, Feeding America participates in the movement by raising awareness and showing support for the 4.8 million seniors facing hunger in our country
Feeding America has partnered with the National Dairy Council and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on a two-year initiative that brings a shared energy to nutrition education, food insecurity awareness, and increased access to nutrient-rich foods.
To help us help those who are less fortunate, please make a donation of any amount. All donations go to feeding and helping families in need. We are an all volunteer organization so all you dollars are put to use helping.Send any amount you can afford. $5 $10 $20 $25 or whatever amount. Follow the link below, Thank you for your support. 
Help increase awareness for the issue and join our social media campaign #SolveSeniorHunger. MAKE a sign with the handwritten hashtag: #SolveSeniorHunger. Then POSE for a photo with a senior you know, while holding your #SolveSeniorHunger sign and SHARE the photo on Facebook and/or Twitter.

3,143 Counties
in the United States.

Every year, Feeding America conducts the Map the Meal Gap analysis in order to better understand hunger at the county level and provide geographically targeted solutions to feed people in need.Our most recent study was just released and I want you to be among the first to see the results in our interactive Map the Meal Gap tool today.

The report finds that food insecurity exists in virtually every county and Congressional district in the nation. Other findings include:Counties with the highest rates of food insecurity are more likely to be found in rural areas than in metropolitan regions.While Los Angeles County, California had the highest number of food-insecure individuals (1.6 million), Humphreys County in Mississippi holds the highest food-insecurity rate in the country at 33%.Among the fifty states and the District of Columbia, the highest rate of child food insecurity is 29 percent in New Mexico.
I strongly encourage you to view and share the Meal Gap details in the county you call home. There is more than enough food in America to feed every man, woman and child. Please take a moment to view the interactive map. When you learn about the problem of hunger in your community and across the country you will be playing a vital role in solving the problem of hunger nationwide.

                                            Click on the graphic to see the updated hunger map
Food Banks Serve 46.5 million Americans

Our recently released Hunger in America 2014 study reveals that each year, the Feeding America network of food banks provides service to 46.5 million people in need across the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Through a network of 58,000 pantries, meal service programs, and other charitable food programs, the Feeding America network reaches people in need in every community across the U.S.
 Helping Clients Manage Their Health Diabetes Initiative 
Our food banks have teamed up with local health clinics, hospitals and doctor’s offices to provide intensive support to more than 1,500 individuals with diabetes to help them manage their disease.

Read about out Diabetes Initiative »


​Spotlight on Senior Health
Feeding America and the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger jointly released The Spotlight on Senior Health which examines what other consequences seniors struggling with hunger face.

The study reveals that senior food insecurity is associated with lower nutrient intake and an increased risk for chronic health conditions.

Learn more about hunger and senior health »
80% Of Americans Face No Jobs