Hunger In America 2010 – New Mexico Report
Hunger in America 2010 Study Reveals Record Number of New Mexicans Seeking Weekly Food Assistance
Hunger in America is a series of quadrennial studies that provides comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance through the charitable sector and provides an in-depth analysis of hungry people. The study released in 2010 was in partnership with the New Mexico Association of Food Banks, Feeding America (the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization) and Roadrunner Food Bank. The 2010 reports showed that nearly 40,000 New Mexicans are seeking food assistance each week equivalent of providing enough food to feed the entire city of Farmington every week.
Some of the statistics pulled from the study are below:
- 40% of the members of households served are children under the age of 18.
- 13% of the members of our client households are elderly.
- 54% of surveyed clients report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
- 38% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
- 45% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
- 42% 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.
The Hunger in America 2010 research provides a local New Mexico report showing what hunger looks like in our state. Surveys for the research was collected from hungry people throughout the state from February through June 2009.
In New Mexico, 459 people seeking emergency food assistance were surveyed as well as 454 agencies that provide food assistance around the state.
This is the first large scale research study to capture the significant connection between the recent economic downturn and the increased need for emergency food assistance across New Mexico.