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Can you help me find a list of the hungriest cities in the US?

Asked by ANef_is_Enuf (23298 points ) October 4th, 2011

Googling is not one of my strengths.
I just heard that I live in the 3rd hungriest city in the US, with more than 50% of our children considered to be impoverished and qualifying for a reduced cost lunch, but I can’t find any lists or articles backing up this claim. Hoping a jelly with better internet searching skills than my own can help me out.

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SpatzieLover's avatar

Here is the most recent article I could find on America’s Top 10 most impoverished cities. This site has 2011 US poverty facts.

SpatzieLover's avatar

Actually this site has a map and better shows how each state is fairing. All of these facts are from a few years ago though.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@SpatzieLover thanks. I think that list may be out of date, because it says that the city in the #1 slot has 17% of its citizens earning less than 50% below the poverty line. I’m looking at more recent data for my own city, and it says that the number of people living below 50% of the poverty level is 18%.
It is so hard to find up to date information!

SpatzieLover's avatar

This site has the most up to date info I’ve seen yet, but does not list each city and how affected it is. It does state the percentages of food pantry consupmtion is up across the board.

SpatzieLover's avatar

The non-profit advocacy group Feeding America has released a study (May 2009) based on 2005–2007 data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Agriculture Department, which claims that 3.5 million children under the age of 5 are at risk of hunger in the United States. The study claims that in 11 states, Louisiana, which has the highest rate, followed by North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, New Mexico, Kansas, South Carolina, Tennessee, Idaho and Arkansas, more than 20 percent of children under 5 are allegedly at risk of going hungry.The study was paid by ConAgra Foods, a large food company.[31]

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It is irritating to not find a city list. PM me your city and I’ll search. It appears to me most of the current articles are using facts from onl a few select studies

SpatzieLover's avatar

Found that on the Feeding America site if you put in your city, you will get the most current facts about poverty rates & food insecurity.

ANef_is_Enuf's avatar

@SpatzieLover yes, the state info is not useful to me, because the statistics for my city are dramatically different from those for the whole state. That’s all I’ve been able to find, as well. Thanks for being so helpful, though. I’ll PM you.

flutherother's avatar

These are the latest figures I can find on the percent of people below poverty level by metropolitan area. You can download an Excel spreadsheet to sort the figures.

Linda_Owl's avatar

Don’t know about the hungriest cities, but the states with the highest rates of hunger are (first to last) Ohio, Florida, Vermont, Missouri, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Oregon, Maine, & Alabama. And of course, the Republicans are trying to do away with the Food Stamp Program & if they do, there will be a LOT of kids going hungry (even more than there already are).

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