The prevalence of hunger in Washington state that appeared during the worst of times remains unchanged, according to data released today by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
At 6.1 percent, the state’s hunger rate in the three-year period from 2010 through 2012 is about the same as the all-time high of 6.2 percent in 2009-2011. More than 160,000 Washington families are hungry, meaning they skip meals on a regular basis. Our state is ranked 15th among all 50 states in the number of families experiencing hunger. Read more.