The number of Americans suffering from hunger and food insecurity exploded by more than 10 million under President Joe Biden, according to a U.S. Agriculture Department report this week that provided fresh evidence of inflation‘s impact of a basic staple of life.
The report found 44.2 million Americans were living in food-insecure households in 2022, compared to 33.8 million the year before.
“From 2021 to 2022, there were statistically significant increases in food insecurity and very low food security for nearly all subgroups of households described in this report,” USDA reported Wednesday.
Officials noted that economics were a key factor on food insecurity, particularly cost.
“In 2022, the typical food-secure household spent 15 percent more on food than the typical food-insecure household of the same size and household composition,” the report noted.
You can read the full report here.
Biden has toured the country boasting that his Bidenomics plan has been a success, even as poverty and now hunger have exploded on his watch.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the new report was a cause for alarm.
“These findings are unacceptable, yet the report is the latest piece of evidence that as the pandemic began to wane in 2022, another public health concern — food insecurity— increased,” Vilsack said.
The food insecurity report comes a few weeks after the Census Bureau reported that poverty made the fastest rise in a half century under Biden, with 15.3 million more Americans falling below the poverty level.
Both reports stressed that children were among the hardest hit in the trends on hunger and poverty.