10% of Adults Didn’t Have Enough to Eat in the Previous 7 Days


by Mish Shedlock, The Street:

Census Bureau stats show an increasing number of people are struggling with rent, food, and job losses due to Covid.

Household Pulse Survey Results 

Data is spread out over many Excel Tables. You can find the tables here: Week 15 Household Pulse Survey: September 16 – September 28

Household Pulse Survey Twitter Thread

  1. Loss of Income: Based on responses collected September 16-28, the HouseholdPulseSurvey estimates that 24.0% of American adults expect someone in their household to experience a loss in employment income in the next 4 weeks.
  2. Telework: The HouseholdPulseSurvey estimates that 36.6% of adults live in households where at least one adult substituted some or all in-person work for telework because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  3. Enough to Eat: The HouseholdPulseSurvey estimates that 10.1% of American adults lived in households where there was either sometimes or often not enough to eat in the previous 7 days.
  4. Rent: The HouseholdPulseSurvey estimates that 6.8% of adults are either not current on their rent or mortgage payment, or have slight or no confidence in making their next payment on time.
  5. Eviction: The HouseholdPulseSurvey estimates that of adults living in households not current on rent or mortgage, 32.1% report #eviction or #foreclosure in the next two months is either somewhat or very likely.
  6. Meeting Expenses: The HouseholdPulseSurvey estimates that 31.9% of adults live in households where it has been somewhat or very difficult to pay usual household expenses during the coronavirus pandemic.
  7. Cancelled Plans:  The HouseholdPulseSurvey estimates that 81.7% of adults in households with post-secondary educational plans had those plans cancelled or changed significantly this fall.

Food Sufficiency Notes

  • Total 249.2 Million
  • 134.2 Million had enough food of the right type
  • 63.8 Million people had enough food, not necessarily the right type
  • 17.3 Million sometimes did not have enough to eat
  • 4.9 Million often did not have enough to eat
  • 29.0 Million did not report

Not Enough to Eat = (17.3 + 4.9) / (249.2 – 29.0) = 10.1%

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