Report: 15.4 Percent of Idaho Households Struggling to Put Food on Table

Posted by George Prentice on Thu, Feb 28, 2013 at 9:43 AM

Possible signs of economic recovery were tampered this morning by a new report that indicates one in seven Idaho households were unable to afford enough food in 2012.

The analysis from the Food Research and Action Center—providing data on the nation's inability to afford enough to eat—also revealed that the City of Boise's food hardship rate for 2011-2012 was 16.9 percent.

“It is unacceptable that so many people across Idaho are struggling and cannot afford enough food to provide for their families,” said Kathy Gardner, director of the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force. “These numbers show us that we must make our nation’s safety net stronger, not weaker. We can’t afford to leave these vulnerable people behind.”

Gardner and members of the Idaho task force will be attending the upcoming National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference, sponsored by FRAC in early March, when Gem State representatives are expected to share the latest data with Idaho's congressional delegation.

“The conversation needs to change in Washington, and Congress needs to focus on building—not weakening—our nation’s safety net," said Gardner. "The first step is passing a Farm Bill this year that protects and strengthens SNAP [food stamps].”

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I can't find a job because of a misdemeanor battery, been eating rice for months and not much else. The food banks help a little but I can't get food stamps or any other help. What do you do when the greatest nation is the worst place to be? I'm about hungry enough to start eating the rich.

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Posted by Benj Hall on 02/28/2013 at 11:16 AM

Is it any wonder ?????

Idaho now has the largest share of minimum wage workers in the entire country. While the rest of the country's share of minimum wage workers dropped in 2012, Idaho continues its proud tradition of having one of the lowest minimum wages in the West.

Idaho has more than double the minimum wage workers as Hawaii and Oregon, and more than seven times the number of hourly minimum wage workers in neighboring Montana.


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Posted by Mark Middleton on 02/28/2013 at 1:00 PM

Last year the legislature rewarded the top earners in Idaho with a substantial tax cut, this year the removal or the business property tax is on the table to reward the likes of Micron and Idaho Power. Republican voters in Idaho must be prostitutes, because they keep asking to get screwed.

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Posted by boisentv on 02/28/2013 at 7:50 PM
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