(STACKER) — Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, food insecurity all through the United States affected extra than 37 million individuals, amongst them 11 million youngsters. That quantity, although staggering, represented the bottom level of food insecurity within the nation in virtually 90 years.
Against the backdrop of the continuing pandemic, the nationwide hunger-relief group Feeding America expects extra than 42 million Americans to face food shortages throughout 2021.
This demand places extra pressure on food pantries and hunger-relief organizations and drives the necessity for will increase within the nation’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, additionally recognized beforehand as food stamps).
Virginia by the numbers
- Percent of households receiving food stamps: 10.7%
- Total households receiving food stamps: 342,330
- Average month-to-month profit per family: $241 (#23 highest amongst all states)
Virginia’s median family earnings is properly above the nationwide common, however the hole between wealthy and poor within the state retains rising.
The U.S. Census Bureau makes use of the Gini index, a mathematical equation used to measure inequality in earnings, and Virginia’s Gini index rose from 2017 to 2018.
Virginia in 2019 obtained a $3.8 million penalty for errors in processing food stamp purposes.
United States by the numbers
States utilizing food stamps essentially the most:
1. New Mexico (27.6% of households)
2. Rhode Island (22.2% of households)
3. Washington D.C. (22.0% of households)
States utilizing food stamps the least:
1. Wyoming (5.0% of households)
2. Utah (7.0% of households)
3. North Dakota (7.2% of households)
Stacker, an organization that makes use of information to report info, compiled a listing of the states the place food stamps are used essentially the most utilizing SNAP information launched July 10, 2020, by the USDA. The quantity of households and the poverty fee are present as of 2019 information from the Census Bureau. States are ranked by the percent of households that obtained food stamps in April 2020. Additional info got here from sources just like the Center for American Progress, Feeding America, and state web sites and native food banks.