The unemployment rate for the state of Nevada rose to 13.4 percent in 2010 For Carson City, 2010 is 22.3 percent (Bureau of Labor Statistics). The effect the economy has on hunger is drastic. Without adequate financial means, families have to make tough choices between a meal and paying for other basic necessities such as rent, utilities or medical bills. As we know, living in Northern Nevada in the winter means higher heating and electrical bills, so missed meals and weekends without any food tends to increase in our cooler months.
On 11/30/11, the New York Times published an article on the huge increase in the number of hungry children in our Country. It discusses how profoundly our economy is affecting our rates of children going hungry. Even families that were once solidly middle class are now struggling to put food on their table for their children.