USDA Reports on Household Hunger in MississippiBy Lawayne Childrey | Published 15 Nov 2010 01:28pm |
Adults and Children in Mississippi remain some of the hungriest in the country. MPB's Lawayne Childrey reports on efforts to change those statistics.
A new report released by the United States Department of Agriculture says Mississippi leads the nation in the number of households who are food insecure. meaning almost 18% of adults and children don't have enough to eat. While there are many variables to consider including poverty rates, housing costs and high unemployment , Kevin Concannon, Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services for the USDA says many Mississippians who qualify for food assistance just aren't aware of their eligibility.
"States in the south do a poorer job in general of enrolling eligible’s and they have much higher rates of poverty as well so those two factors tend to interact with each other. But one of our goals has been in our work with states to encourage states to make sure that they are in fact affording the residents of their state equal access to these programs."
While Mississippi's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP has helped a growing number of families to eat healthy, balanced nutritious meals - the state still leads in the number of adults and children that just don't get enough to eat on a daily basis. Food nutrition is expected to be a hot topic as Congress re-convenes. Lawayne Childrey MPB News.
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