Study Reveals Record Number of New Mexicans Seeking Weekly Emergency Food Assistance
The Hunger in America study released in 2014 by the New Mexico Association of Food Banks and Feeding America (the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization) reports that nearly 70,000 New Mexicans are seeking food assistance each week.
That’s the equivalent of having a city the size of Santa Fe need emergency food every seven days.
Some of the statistics pulled from the study are below:
- Between 30 and 40% of the members of households served are children under the age of 18.
- 21% of the members of our client households are elderly.
- 561 of surveyed clients report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
- 48% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
- 59% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
- 466 had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.
- While thousands of New Mexicans receive assistance through SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program), those funds only provide 2.3 weeks of groceries.
This national hunger study includes data collected across New Mexico from March through August 2013.