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In 2010 and 2013, income was a consistently reliable predictor of food hardship in King County.

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. 

  • Although food hardship did not change significantly for any income group between 2010 and 2013, the gap between the high and low income groups widened by 20%.
  • When the 3 lowest income groups are combined, food hardship in the new “<$35,000” group increased significantly from 24% in 2010 to 38% in 2013 (data not shown).