Food hardship has increased among low-income adults without children.
In a telephone survey, King County adults were asked how often in the past 12 months (never, sometimes, or often) their food didn’t last and they didn’t have money to buy more. Answers of “sometimes” or “often” are indicators of food hardship. Data from 2011, 2012, and 2013 were combined to improve the stability of estimates. Because food hardship increased dramatically in just 3 years, line charts are used to show patterns of change across groups.
Comparing food hardship in 2010 with the 2011-2013 average for adults with less than $35,000 annual income:
- Food hardship remained high for those with children in the household. The 2013 rate for this group was 51% (data not shown here).
- Food hardship increased significantly among those without children. The 2013 rate was 33%, and the 2010-to-2013 increase from 17% to 33% was statistically significant (data not shown here).