Hunger in Working America

From Paycheck to Pantry: Hunger and the Working Poor

In 2014, Feeding America, in partnership with Oxfam America, published From Paycheck to Pantry: Hunger in Working America. The study uses data from the 2014 Hunger in America study to outline the common challenges for households in meeting basic needs, including limited hours on the job, changes in employment status, and competing for household expenses.

  • Nearly nine out of ten (89%) client households with employment reported an annual household income of $30,000 or less.
  • More than half (57%) of working client households reported part-time employment (30 hours or less per week).
  • One in four (24%) working client households has an adult member currently enrolled in school. Though education may allow for more employment prospects or higher wages in the future, it can contribute to the present strain on household resources.