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Despite being one of the wealthiest nations, it is alarming the number of African-Americans who go hungry on a daily basis. According to Eric Mitchell, director of government relations at Bread for the World, African Americans suffer from some of the highest rates of hunger and poverty in the country as the lack of jobs that pay fair wages, prevents people of color from moving out of poverty and the recession. (“African-Americans Disproportionately,” 2015).
There has been a sudden increase in unemployment and a shocking loss of income since the recession. A wide range of economic data taken before the recession shows that the result of the labor market for blacks was far worse than for whites. (“The State of Working Americans,” 2015).
More specifically, research states that of the 104 U.S. counties with a majority black population, 92 percent of these counties also record high food insecurity rates. (Workneh, 2013)
In 2013, the median income for African-Americans was $24,864, lower than for all Americans and poverty is the contributing factor that affects nearly three out of ten African-Americans or nearly twice the average rate for the general population. (“African-Americans Disproportionately,” 2015).
The crisis is increased by the effects of mass incarceration as African-Americans form nearly half of the total prison population in the country. This makes it extremely difficult for one to provide for their families and many are denied access to programs such as SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) even while seeking employment. Those who are fortunate to find work, their pay is reduced by as much as 40 percent. (“African-Americans Disproportionately,” 2015).
An alternative to curb hunger amongst African-Americans is to offer fair pay wages for employment, effective safety-net programs and enacting laws that actually protect and not discriminate…...

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