Louisiana residents worrying where next meal will come from

December 19, 2017 - 4:52 pm

(WWL.com) -- Louisiana is tied with Mississippi for the second highest rate of "food insecurity," according to Hunger Free America. Spokesperson Magen Allen of Hunger Free America says the survey shows that 14 percent of working adults in Louisiana suffered from food insecurity at some point between 2014 and 2016.

"1,817,000 residents of Louisiana are food insecure," she said. "That's nearly one in five residents are food insecure."

Food insecurity is defined as "when a person is without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food."

Allen says in Louisiana, the federal nutrition aid is some $430 per year for every resident. Combined with the lowest minimum wage possible, she said that makes it hard for some to make ends meet.

"The real source of this issue is poverty," said Allen. "It's going to take increasing access to the federal safety net programs like SNAP and WIC.  It's going to take increasing the federal minimum wage." 

Another segment that is suffering silently is senior citizens. Allen says there are several reasons behind that.

"Their medications are more expensive," she explained. "They're not working. They don't have the resources to obtain enough food."

Louisiana also is in the top ten of states which received federal money for nutrition assistance programs. Alabama, Florida, Georgia and Mississippi were also listed in the top ten for assistance.

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