More than one in five of America’s children lived in a “food insecure”household in 2012, according to the newest Map the Meal Gap report from Feeding America.
Nationwide, the food insecurity rate for children is 21.6%, reaching closer to 30% in many states, including New Mexico (29.2 percent), Mississippi (28.7 percent), Arizona (28.2 percent), Nevada (28.1 percent), Georgia (28.1 percent), Arkansas (27.7 percent), Florida (27.6 percent), and Texas (27.4 percent). In total, there are nearly 49 million food insecure people in the U.S.–nearly 16 million are children.
Food insecurity refers to lack of access, at times, to “enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or certain availability of nutritionally adequate foods,” according to the USDA.
Thanks to right-wing attacks on the poor, nearly 25% of food-insecure people earn too much money to qualify for necessary assistance programs, yet must make difficult choices between paying bills and feeding their families adequately. This unfortunate reality is reflected in how your 2013 tax dollars were spent, with 27 cents of every dollar going to military spending. If you add up the total amount spent on unemployment and labor, and food and agriculture (not all of which goes to programs intended to help those who need it), it does not even begin to touch the amount spent on America’s murder machine. All the while, we allowed corporations to avoid paying taxes on over $2 TRILLION in profits.
Think about that. It’s time America got its priorities in check.