According to a Gallup poll, as many as 20 percent of the adults in the United States could not afford to feed themselves or their families at some point in time during the last year.
It has been four years since the recession ended, but many adults across the country are still struggling to recover from the financial downfall. Many of them have significantly lower incomes, which in some cases, results in them going hungry, according to two surveys that were released on Thursday that emphasized the unevenness of the economic recovery.
One out of every five adults who were polled last month said that at times during the last year they did not have enough money to get the food for themselves and their families, Gallup’s findings indicated. That is almost as many hungry people as in 2008, when the nation was caught in the deepest economic downfall since the Great Depression.
“These findings suggest that the economic recovery may be disproportionately benefiting upper-income Americans rather than those who are struggling to fulfill their basic needs,” it said.
The nation’s food stamp program’s future remains in doubt in Congress and U.S. workers are facing low, stagnant wages, it is not looking brighter. “It is possible that even more Americans may struggle to afford food in the immediate future,” Gallup added.
Gallup’s survey found that the overall access to basic necessities, such as food, housing and health care continued to stay at the near record lows that were found during the recession, which economists say began near the end of 2007 and ended in mid-2009. It shows many Americans continue to struggle to regain their financial grounding.
A poll from the Pew Research Center indicated that 54 percent of the adults in the U.S. said they feel there household incomes have barely recovered at all from the economic downturn. About 63 percent of Americans said the U.S. economic system is not any more secure now than it was prior to the recession, the Pew Survey indicates. The main concern for U.S. adults according to the surveys is employment, or the lack of jobs.
The government’s annual “Food Security” report found that 17.6 million families, which total 14.5 percent of American households, did have difficulty at some time getting enough food to eat during 2012. That means they ran out of food, didn’t have enough to eat, didn’t have money to purchase food, skipped meals or lost weight due to a lack of food at some time during the year.
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