SCHENECTADY, N.Y. – According to Hunger Action NYS, one in four households with children in the state have reported the inability to afford enough food.
Food Hardship 2008-2012: Geography and Household Structure, released by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), shows that from 2008-2012, 23.6% percent of households with children in New York said there were times in the past year when they did not have enough money to buy food that they needed for themselves or their family.
More than 14.5% percent of households without children in NYS said they faced the same struggle.
Schenectady, Syracuse and Rochester were some of the top cities in New York which has official childhood poverty rates exceeding 50%, according to census surveys.
Mississippi is reportedly the state with the highest rate with food hardship with 31.5% of families with children struggling to afford food.
FRAC examines food hardship rates for households with and without children.
The full analysis is available on FRAC's website (www.frac.org).