Monday numbers – a closer look at hunger and the power of SNAP benefits

Monday numbers – a closer look at hunger and the power of SNAP benefits

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As House and Senate negotiators in Washington work to finalize the 2018 farm bill, hunger-relief groups and anti-poverty advocates are working to call attention to the importance of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, also known as SNAP.

The following figures are based on the latest brief from the NC Budget & Tax Center.

40 million – the number of Americans who struggle with hunger

590,000 – the number of North Carolina households who do not have enough food to eat each day

10 – North Carolina is the tenth hungriest state in the country

15.7 – the percent of households with children that are food insecure

10.1 – the percent of households without children that are food insecure

30.3 – the percent of families led by single women who were food insecure

8.8 – the percent of families who experienced food insecurity where the head of household was white

21.8 – the percent of families who experienced food insecurity where the head of household was Black

3.4 million – the number of people lifted out of poverty by the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

1.4 million – the number of veterans nationwide living in households that participated in SNAP in 2015-2017 (Source: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

55,000 – the number of North Carolina veterans who rely on SNAP food assistance (Ibid)

8 – the percent of North Carolina veterans who rely on SNAP food assistance (Ibid)

9,700 – the approximate number of businesses across the state that participated in the SNAP program last year

$2.14 billion – the financial impact of the NC businesses that participated in the SNAP program last year

58 – the number of days since the last farm bill, which includes SNAP benefits, expired

12 – the number of work days remaining this year for the “lame duck” Congress to pass the 2018 farm bill and shore-up SNAP benefits

720,000 – the number of North Carolinians in 304,000 households affected by Hurricane Florence who received assistance buying food over the past seven weeks (Source: Office of Gov. Cooper)