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New Survey Finds that Food Hardship has Dropped in PA's First District Though Much Work to Reduce Hunger and Poverty Remains

March 2, 2012
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March 2, 2012

In 2011, 26.5 percent of respondents in Pennsylvania’s First Congressional District reported not having enough money to buy food that they or their family needed during the prior twelve months, according to a new report released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). This represents a reduction in food hardship by nearly 10 percentage points since 2009.

This unique report provides data on food hardship – the inability to afford enough food – for every region, every state, every Congressional District and 100 of the country’s largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). The data was gathered as part of the Gallup‐Healthways Well‐Being Index project, which has been interviewing almost 1,000 households daily since January 2008. FRAC has analyzed responses to the question: “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”

For Philadelphia, the report found that:
o For the Philadelphia‐Camden‐Wilmington MSA, the food hardship rate was 16.1 percent in 2010‐2011.
o In 2011, two out of Philadelphia’s five Congressional districts had 21 percent or more of their residents reporting food hardship.
o 10 out of the 19 Congressional Districts in Pennsylvania had 15 percent or more of their residents reporting food hardship in 2010‐2011.

To read the full report, see FRAC Food Hardship in America 2011.

To read our press release about the report, please see our Press Release section.


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