Poor families in the US spend about $3,767 a year on food, compared with $12,350 for the wealthiest households. Low-income families cut costs wherever they can, spending less money at restaurants and doing more cooking at home than the affluent. Despite these efforts, the rich spend just under a tenth of their income on food, whereas poor people spend a full third of their income on food. And still, it’s not enough.
One out of every eight American households, like the Washingtons, is “food insecure”, meaning they do not have enough to eat. And the situation hasn’t improved in 20 years.
What if we reframed the way we think of food: not as a privilege but as a fundamental human right, guaranteed to everyone?