The recent increase in food hardship is driven by adults without children; food hardship among adults with children has not changed since 2010.
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. Because food hardship increased dramatically in just 3 years, line charts are used to show patterns of change across groups.
Between 2010 and 2013, food hardship remained at 12% for adults living in households with children. Over the same time period, food hardship doubled for adults living in households without children.