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USDA reports 13 percent of Nebraskans food insecure

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Posted By: Camila Orti

An annual report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that about 13 percent of Nebraska households are struggling with hunger.

A national nonprofit is concerned that Congress might make matters worse.

The USDA report measures food insecurity across the country.

"What that [food insecurity] essentially means is 13 percent of our state has difficulty putting food on the table for themselves and their families," James Goddard of Nebraska Appleseed said.

Nebraska Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that aims to address social problems in the community. They oftentimes work with low-income families that use the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, known as SNAP. SNAP helps these families afford to buy food.

Goddard says Congress intends to introduce a bill that would cut the program by $40 billion.

"It would be devastating to children, to seniors, to working families in our state and across our country who just, despite hard work, they're not making enough money to put food on the table," Goddard said.

About 175,000 Nebraskans are on SNAP to help make ends meet. Many of them are employed, but simply don't make enough money.

Goddard says any bill that cuts funding could throw many Nebraskans out of the program.

"We urge them not to support any bill of that nature," Goddard said.

The USDA report also shows that about 49 million people live in food insecure households across the country. A vast majority of them use SNAP.

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