Fewer struggle for food

Percentage of Americans who say they can’t afford to eat drops

Hunger in America seems to be on the decline, according to recent results from a Gallup/Healthways survey. In the first quarter of 2016, 15 percent of Americans reported that there were times in the previous year that they did not have enough money for food, continuing a downward trend since the pollsters began tracking those numbers as part of a well-being index in 2008. They’re also in line with dropping unemployment figures. The largest age group to report inability to afford food is 30 to 44 (17.8 percent), with the smallest being 65 and older (7.9 percent). Blacks (24.9 percent) and Hispanics (22.4 percent) represent the largest race categories, with whites (11.4 percent) and Asians (7.2 percent) faring better.