Many Americans face “hunger crisis” as food insecurity rises

Anti-hunger advocates say the U.S. is facing an “unprecedented” rise in food insecurity amid persistently high inflation in the grocery aisle and cuts to the food-stamp program earlier this year.

The rise in food insecurity — lacking enough food to live a healthy, active life — comes as the nation has ended the pandemic emergency and the economy, by many measures, continues to be strong. The unemployment rate is near a 50-year low, while wages have been rising for many workers.

But those figures hide a stark reality that’s affecting a growing share of U.S. households, ranging from young families to older Americans. Although jobs are plentiful, many employees don’t earn enough to cover the surging cost of living, pushing some to make tradeoffs like skipping meals.

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