Hunger In America 2014 – New Mexico Report
Study Reveals Record Number of People 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 people who are experiencing hunger. The study released in 2014 was in partnership with the Feeding America (the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization), the New Mexico Association of Food Banks and Roadrunner Food Bank. The 2014 reports showed that 70,000 New Mexicans are helped with food each week. That is equivalent of providing enough food to feed the entire city of Santa Fe weekly.
Some of the key information pulled from the study:
- Almost 90% live in permanent housing like a home or an apartment.
- 89% of hungry households make less than $20,000 a year ($384/week)
- More than half of hungry households have someone in the home working a job.
- 75% report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food as the most common way to have at least some food at home.
- 68% of people we already help told us they plan to obtain food on a regular basis from our network of partners.
- 48% choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage and 19% of the group makes this tough choice every month.
- 61% choose between paying for food and utilities every month and 33% of this group makes this tough choice every month.
- 59% choose between medical care/medicine at least once in the past year and 44% said they have medical bills to pay.
- While many low income New Mexicans receive assistance through SNAP (Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program) benefits, it isn’t enough to cover all their food needs. 57% of people in our food lines also report receiving SNAP benefits.
The Hunger in America 2014 New Mexico report gives us a glimpse into the lives of the difficult choices our hungry neighbors face constantly. Surveys were collected from hungry people throughout the state in the summer and early fall of 2013.
Difficult Choices Hungry Families and People Have to Make
This large scale research continues to show the significant connection between the recent economic downturn and the increased need for emergency food assistance across New Mexico.
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