New Analysis Reveals 10 Hungriest States in the U.S.

WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#hunger–New analysis by Bread for the World of the latest hunger data has
revealed the 10 hungriest states in the United States. To accompany the
analysis, Bread for the World has created a new infographic mapping out
those 10 hungriest states.

Based on data from 2016, the 10 hungriest states in the U.S. are, in
order, beginning with the hungriest: Mississippi; Arkansas; Louisiana;
Alabama and Kentucky (tie); Ohio and Oregon (tie); North Carolina;
Maine; and Oklahoma.

“The United States and the world have made substantial progress against
hunger and poverty over the last several decades,” said Rev. David
Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Yet this data shows that we
still have a long way to go. Elected officials must support programs and
policies that strengthen families and make it easier for people to work.”

In the U.S., more than 42 million Americans struggle with hunger,
including 13 million children. On average, 12.7 percent of U.S.
households are at risk of hunger. In Mississippi, the hungriest state in
the U.S., 20.8 percent of households are at risk of hunger.

Bread’s analysis found that the best way to end hunger is with a good,
family-sustaining job. Any new bills and programs considered by Congress
must put the needs of vulnerable families and communities first.

Likewise, any tax reform legislation should strengthen earned income and
child tax credits to ensure that low-income workers and families are not
taxed into poverty. Lawmakers must also protect safety-net programs that
help families struggling to make ends meet — such as SNAP (formerly
food stamps), WIC, and Medicaid.

View the 10 Hungriest States infographic at

Read the hunger and poverty fact sheets for all 50 states at

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is a collective Christian voice urging our nation’s decision makers to
end hunger at home and abroad.


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