Research shows a staggering 1 in 3 Arizonans — or 2.02 million individuals — are considered working poor.
The working poor are living on limited incomes. They are forced to make food choices based on price or convenience alone without consideration for nutrition, leading to chronic health issues. That's why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona is raising awareness about hunger and poor nutrition in our state. Please continue reading to learn more about this important issue.
There are several different issues that Arizona is faced with as a community.
According to the Unites States Department of Agriculture (USDA), food insecurity is the lack of access by all members of a family at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life.
Areas that lack access to affordable foods necessary to maintaining a healthy diet, such as fruits, vegetables and milk. According to the USDA, Maricopa Country, Arizona's largest county, contains 55 food deserts.
People living at or below 185% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), which is $40,800 for a family of four. A staggering 1 in 3 Arizonans, or 2.02 million individuals, out of an estimated 6.36 are considered working poor.
Many Arizonans struggle to get and remain healthy. With approximately 65% of residents overweight, keeping chronic conditions at bay is something our entire community should focus on.
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