Study: Near-Record Number Of Americans Struggling To Afford Food

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File photo of people shopping in a grocery store. (Photo by SEBASTIEN BOZON/AFP/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (CBSDC) – A recent Gallup Poll suggests that an increasing number of Americans are having trouble affording food.

In fact, the amount of people struggling to pay for groceries is said to be nearly as high as it was during the mos recent national recession.

According to a release posted on Gallup’s website, an estimated 20 percent of Americans are, at times, too strapped for cash to afford food for their families. The figure represents a 2.3-percent increase from June.

“[It] is the highest percentage recorded since October 2011,” researchers additionally noted. “The percentage who struggle to afford food now is close to the peak of 20.4 percent measured in November 2008, as the global economic crisis unfolded.”

Before the recession hit, less than 17 percent of people in the United States struggled to put food on the table, Gallup noted.

An inability to afford other basic necessities has also been observed by researchers, which led them to several conclusions regarding the fiscal recovery of the United States.

The release stated, “These findings suggest that the economic recovery may be disproportionately benefiting upper-income Americans rather than those who are struggling to fulfill their basic needs.”

Researchers made their discovery during polling for the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index. A reported 15,729 randomly selected American adults were surveyed throughout the month of August.

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