THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2011 – A report released yesterday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows that the recession made a deep mark on Washington’s families. The number of hungry households in the state shot up nearly 100 percent from 2008 to the end of 2010; Washington state now ranks as the 11th hungriest state in the nation.
Washington families experiencing hunger nearly doubled from 88,000 to more than 160,000 from right before the recession’s onset in 2008 and when the data was collected in December 2010. Hunger in Washington rose in this 2008-2010 period to 6 percent. This rise in Washington’s hungry households bucks the national downward trend and demonstrates the persistence of the economic downturn that has yet to show significant signs of recovery for low-income Washingtonians.