WIS Perspective: An editorial on food hardship

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Here's Another One For The "Thank Goodness for Mississippi" File.

According to a new state-by-state analysis of food hardship in this country, roughly 24 percent of respondents from South Carolina said they frequently could not afford to buy enough food  for their families during the 12 months between July 2009 and June 2010. SC finds itself ranked 49th, just ahead of Mississippi, in yet another aspect of failing our low-income citizens.

The analysis was conducted by The Food Research and Action Center from household interviews gathered by the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project.  It reveals that food hardship in South Carolina actually increased in the period between the height of the recession and the early months of recovery.

Sue Berkowitz of the SC Appleseed Legal Justice Center said, "The fact that our rate increased shows just how hard the struggle against hunger has become in our state, and that the recovery is failing to reach those who need relief the most."

As our state leaders grapple with the many budgetary challenges looming this year, we urge them to consider the unemployment and hunger hardships many of our citizens face and protect those programs that benefit low income families.

That's my perspective, and I'd like to hear from you.

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