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July 5, 2021

Lawmakers Focus on Hunger in West Virginia

West Virginia MetroNews – West Virginia has one of the highest percentages among states of households where there was sometimes or often not enough to eat during a week of trying to get by. Read the full article.

That’s according to the most recent U.S. Census’s Household Pulse Survey, which showed that 11.8 percent of West Virginia households reported food scarcity between June 9 to 21.

That placed West Virginia seventh among states most commonly reporting those experiences. The average rate across the country was 9.7 percent over the period.

The number was even more stark when narrowed to families with children. In those instances, West Virginia reported a 20 percent food scarcity rate over a slightly different period, May 26 to June 7.

Numbers like those are among the reasons the House of Delegates intends to more closely examine food insecurity in West Virginia through a newly-established, bipartisan working group.

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