Baton Rouge, LA, September 10, 2015 – The USDA’s annual Household Food Security report released today puts Louisiana among the top three states for food insecurity behind Mississippi and Arkansas. The report found 17.6 percent of Louisianans struggle to obtain enough food.
“Since 2010 more and more families are struggling to put food on the table each year,” according to David Coffman, Executive Director for the Louisiana Food Bank Association. “Hunger and food insecurity are a disaster for Louisiana’s seniors, children, and families.”
Louisiana’s food insecurity rate has increased from 12.6 percent in 2010 to 17.6 percent today. “This report should serve as a warning for the next governor,” said Coffman. “This is a dangerous trend that must be addressed through smart policies that support individuals and families across Louisiana.”
“Food insecurity has tremendous impacts on health care costs, educational outcomes, and worker productivity,” said Coffman. “Louisiana cannot afford to continue down this path, we must address this crisis.”
“Louisiana’s food banks face a constant battle to obtain enough food to distribute to Louisianans struggling to make ends meet,” according to Coffman. “With more than one in six Louisiana’s struggling to put food on Louisiana’s leaders must take action.”