Despite an improving economy, one in six people – 15.7 percent of respondents – in New York State reported in 2015 they still struggled to afford enough food for their households, according to a new report released by the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC).
How Hungry is America? provides data on food hardship – the inability to afford enough food – for every state, the District of Columbia, and 109 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs), including Albany-Schenectady-Troy, Buffalo- Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York-Newark-Jersey City, Rochester, and Syracuse. The report found that nationally the food hardship rate was 16 percent in 2015. Despite dropping three points from 18.9 percent in 2013 — the lowest since early 2008 – the report reveals that still no corner of the country is immune to hunger.