New USDA data show 1 in 7 Nebraska households struggle with hunger

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 13 percent of Nebraska households struggle with hunger.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 13 percent of Nebraska households struggle with hunger.

According to new data released Wednesday, 1 in 7 Nebraska households struggle against hunger.

The statistics, compiled by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Economic Research Service, show 13.4 percent of Nebraska households struggled with hunger on average in the years 2010-2012 according to the USDA’s annual report on food insecurity.

More than 48.9 million Americans lived in households that were food insecure in 2012. Specifically, 14.1 percent of all adults and 21.6 percent of all children lived in food insecure households.

Protect SNAP for Nebraska families

These new food insecurity numbers come as Congress prepares to return next week from its August recess. The House majority leadership is expected to introduce a bill that would strip $40 billion in funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps), cutting crucial food assistance for many Nebraskans.

These proposed cuts would do drastic harm to some of Nebraska’s poorest children in families where parents are out of work, as well as eliminate assistance for many low-income working families where high child care and housing costs make it difficult to afford food.

SNAP helps thousands of low-income, working Nebraskans put food on the table. Given the level of food insecurity that continues to persist in our state, we urge our state’s House Representatives to protect SNAP.

We encourage you to call or email your congressman and urge them to oppose cuts to SNAP that will hurt Nebraska families.

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