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Report: One in Six Nevadans Living with Hunger


Wednesday, April 8, 2015   

RENO, Nev. - Despite the economic recovery, one in six people - or 17 percent of Nevadans - live with hunger on an ongoing basis, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center.

Jocelyn Lantrip, marketing director for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, said many of her organization's clients are families in which one or both parents are working multiple low-wage, part-time jobs and still can't get by.

"They're still having to choose between their rent and food, or medical care and food," she said, "and those are tough choices."

The report determines "food hardship" as a person not having enough money at some point in the year to buy food for themselves or their families. Lantrip said as many as one in four children in northern Nevada don't get enough to eat on a regular basis.

The report showed that a majority of Americans oppose efforts by some in Congress to cut funding from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and other government safety-net programs, she said.

"Many of the cuts affect the same people - and those are the families that are living in poverty right now in all facets of their life," Lantrip said, "and it's just not the way to balance the budget."

According to the report, Mississippi, Louisiana and West Virginia have the nation's highest rates of food hardship. Nevada is ranked 23rd, pretty much in the middle, compared with other states.

The report is online at frac.org.

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