Even with the economy improving since the Great Recession, the recovery is still leaving many of Americans who were hit the hardest behind. Underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living leave millions of Americans in a difficult situation. In fact, more than 46 million people still turn to the Feeding America network each year for extra support.
In a study on this pervasive problem, Feeding America — which helps people in need through its network of food banks — underscored how hunger will never be an isolated issue.
Impossible trade-offs are often faced by those facing food insecurity. In order to put food on the table, low-income families have to sacrifice another basic need that no one should have to live without.
Feeding America, in its study, notes that 66% of its food insecure population had to choose between food and medicine. Even with insurance, low-income households still often face hefty health care bills due to deductibles and uncovered services. As a matter of fact, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the number of people spending over $1,000 a year on prescription drugs has tripled since 2004.
With cost being a "major deterrent", according to the New York Times, millions of Americans put their health at risk by not filling their prescriptions.
These correlating issues show just how extensive the issue of hunger is. Hunger is pervasive and needs to be fought on many fronts. For these reasons, and many more, Good Neighbor Rx is proud to work with Hunger Organizations across the nation. Together, we can help equip our food insecure in the fight to end hunger.