Eight states now rank in the top ten as both the hungriest and poorest in the country, according to recently released government data. New Mexico, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, and West Virginia were on both lists in 2017. Now, for 2018, Oklahoma has joined their ranks.
While there have been reductions in national poverty and hunger rates, the recent Census and Agriculture Department reports show that poverty goes together with food-insecurity. The national poverty rate dipped to 11.8 percent in 2018 from 12.3 percent in 2017. Roughly 11.1 percent of households are food insecure, meaning they struggle to put food on the table.
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