Census Bureau Reports Hunger Rates Rose as Pandemic Aid Ended

Household pulse survey shows a 22 percent increase over last June.

The U.S. Census Bureau recently released data showing that hunger rates rose in the period after pandemic aid programs ended. Between June 7 and June 19, about 26.5 million Americans reported that they sometimes or often did not have enough to eat, about 4.4 percent higher than in May 2023 and around 12 percent higher than in June 2022.

The data, collected through the Census Bureau’s Household Pulse Survey, also reported that 10.9 million Americans picked up free groceries in June 2023, a 10 percent decrease compared to last month but a 22 percent increase compared to June 2022.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, food costs have risen 6.7 percent compared to last year, which may be contributing to these statistics.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Director Robert Santos as he heads the U.S. Census Bureau.
  • For Census Bureau officials as they collect and analyze national data.

Sources: Reuters, Yahoo Finance


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