45 million in US struggling to find food

Washington: Reeling under difficult economic times, some 17.4 million US households or 45 million people struggled to find enough food to eat last year due to lack of money, according to latest official statistics. This was quoted by a major newswire agency in India.
The number of Americans fighting off hunger stayed level in 2009, though food insecurity rates remain the highest they have been since the US government began keeping track 15 years ago, the US department of agriculture said in a report released. The report ‘Food Security in the United States 2009’ found that 17.4 million households in America had difficulty providing enough food due to a lack of resources, about the same as in 2008.
About 14.7% of US households were “food insecure” in 2009, meaning they had difficulty feeding one or more of their members at some point last year due to a lack of financial resources, according to the report. That equates to 17.4 million households total, or roughly 45 million people.
This year’s rate increased in percentage from 2008, when 14.6% households had trouble putting food on the table.

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