A new survey says 20 percent of Indiana households weren’t able to afford food at some point last year.
The national average was 18 percent.
The Muncie Star-Press reports the survey published by the Food Research and Action Center lists Indiana as having the 16th highest rate of households who at some point during the year couldn’t afford food. Indiana’s rate was unchanged from 2010.
The center says layoffs and cuts to work hours are partly to blame. They also point to fewer food stamp benefits and the rise in food prices.
Emily Bryant of Feeding Indiana’s Hungry says many pantries have seen new faces recently and there are people in every town struggling to put dinner on the table at times.