D.C. food hardship rate is the highest in the country
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Nowhere in the country do families struggle more for food than in D.C., where more than a third do. According to a survey [pdf] by the Food Research & Action Center, the District has the highest rate of "food hardship" — the inability to afford enough food — for households with children: an astounding 37.4 percent from 2009-2010.
Taken as a metropolitan region, Washington ranks 85th, with 19.4 percent. (Only 9.4 percent of households without children struggle.) The District's rate of 37.4 percent — without children, it's 14.9 percent — is by far the highest in the region; the state in our region with the next-highest rate is West Virginia, ranked 20th, where 26.3 percent of families suffer from food hardship.
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