The impact of the current recession on hunger and food insecurity in Utah has been devastating. We can see that record number of Utahns (pdf) have been utilizing Food Stamps during the recession.
Although USDA data indicate that Utah’s rate of food security is on par with or higher than the national average, most federal nutrition programs are still woefully underutilized in Utah. The most recent USDA data indicates that just over half of Utah households eligible for Food Stamps actually use the program. Utahns leave over $180 million in unclaimed Food Stamp benefits on the table every year, or roughly three times the annual output of the Utah Food Bank. Utah also ranks very low in our utilization of school lunch programs, and last in the country in our rate of school breakfast participation among impoverished children.
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