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25 Percent Of People In Mississippi Can't Afford Food

by  Eleanor Goldberg

For the sixth straight year, Mississippians were the most likely to have problems putting food on the table, according to the report. Those who revealed that they’ve been struggling said that there was at least one point in the past year when they didn’t have enough funds to buy the nourishment they or their families needed.

Here's some statistics on poverty in Mississippi:

Spotlight on Poverty

Governor: Phil Bryant (R)

State Senate
20 Democrats
32 Republicans

State House
57 Democrats
65 Republicans


Child poverty rate: 35%
Senior poverty rate: 18%
Women in poverty: 23.9%
Percent of single-parent families with related children that are below poverty: 47%
Number of Black children below 200% poverty: 253,000


Poverty rate: 24.2%
Extreme poverty rate: 10.2%
Unemployment rate: 9%
Food insecurity: 20.9%
Low-income families that work: 43.6%
Minimum Wage: N/A
Percent of jobs that are low-wage: 35.5%
Percent of individuals who are uninsured: 19%
Number of Black children living in families where no parent has full-time, year-round employment: 167,000

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