Brief Many Families Turn to Food Pantries for Help
Sheila R. Zedlewski, Sandi Nelson
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Data from the 2002 round of the National Survey of America's Families documents that the working poor are struggling to cover food costs. Over 4 million nonelderly low-income families reported using a food pantry in the past year. Working parents with children made up nearly half the families that turned to food pantries. Forty-six percent of low-income families using food pantries also reported receiving federal food stamps.
Research Areas Families Social safety net
Tags Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Economic well-being Hunger and food assistance