The number of poor Americans, who in 2011 were short of food, increased by 800 thousand to almost 17 million compared to the same period in 2010.
This is according to the USDA, reports Reuters.
According to authorities, about 5.5% of all Americans in the past year suffered from "very low food security": they were missing some meals or starving all day, because they did not have enough money to buy food.
According to the ministry, which refers to BFM, a lack of food often have problematic levels of society: single mothers, African Americans and Hispanics.
According to U.S. authorities, in June of this year, 46.7 million Americans were made to the special lists for food cards. Compared with May 2012, the figure rose to 173 thousand
According to experts, the situation is deteriorating Americans after the recession in 2008-2009, due to high unemployment and slow growth of the economy. It is expected that this year the U.S. government will face even greater challenges on the fight against hunger: about ten thousand men, who have long been unable to find work, no longer receive unemployment benefits.
The question of cost of food for the poor U.S. became central in the election campaigns of Democrats and Republicans. So, the last insist that it is necessary to reduce the issuance of ration cards and to limit free medical care to the poor, which ultimately may reduce the U.S. budget deficit. Democrats, in turn, oppose such extreme measures.
Recall of U.S. GDP in the second quarter of 2012 increased, according to preliminary data, down 1.5% over the same period of 2011, the Commerce Department said.