- Earlier this month, federal officials said inflation hit a 40-year high and the consumer price index jumped 8.5% a year. For those who were already struggling, the rapid increases force them to make even tougher choices about what, when, and how often to eat.
- On average, Americans spend about 10% of their income on food. The poorest Americans pay almost 30%.
- Experts fear that high food prices will mean more children will grow up with poor diets, exposing more children to lifelong health problems, from obesity to diabetes.
AURORA, Colo. — Kevin Tave stretches out a pot of spaghetti for three days of eating. Esmerelda Cortez gets eggs and bread from the food bank so she can buy laundry detergent at the store. Donnie Whitfield buys generic cereal instead of his favorite Kellogg’s.
Although unemployment continues to fall and wages rise, across the country low-income people are struggling to put food on the table as soaring inflation and high oil prices gasoline are taking a bigger chunk of their already modest paychecks.