50 million Americans are “food insecure,” or near hunger.
The average monthly SNAP (food stamp) benefit is just $287 per household, or $4.30 per person each day. That’s barely enough to put decent meals on the table. Still, investments in SNAP, WIC, and other food programs are under constant attack in Washington.
The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 29.7 million people live in low-income areas more than 1 mile from a supermarket. These communities lack adequate access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food choices. The same communities without supermarkets and grocery stores often feature fast food, liquor, and convenience stores selling unhealthy, high-fat, high-sugar foods.
About 11 percent of the poorest Americans without cars live in “food deserts”—where one-third or more of the residents are beyond walking distance to the nearest grocery store.
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