Hunger in Affluent Fairfax County

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By  Iriemarv with contributions by .

There are 16 million kids in America that aren’t getting food that they need.  Children who don’t have food are going to get sick easier, and they won’t do well in school.

Fairfax County is the third wealthiest county in the country.  Fairfax County conducts annual surveys asking students in 6th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades if they ever went hungry in the past 30 days due to not having enough food in their homes.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/demogrph/pdf/putting_food_on_the_table.pdf

Students who reported having any hunger were more likely to live in a single-parent home, spoke a language other than English or are ethnic minorities.  Thirty percent of students who spoke Spanish and or a language other than English at home reported having some hunger: Twenty six percent of Black/African American students, twenty four percent of Asian/Pacific islanders, thirty percent of students who live with one parent, seventeen percent who speak English at home, and twelve percent who are white. The article also includes a map of Fairfax County that is colored, showing where students have indicated having any hunger.Students Any Hunger Graph (1)

In the map the affected areas of students having indicated any hunger are pretty surprising. The map is colored so each specific color indicates different percentages of students having any hunger, for example the regions colored dark blue is 26%-30%, light blue is 20%-26%, green is 18%-20%, light green is 14%-17%, and white is under 14%. Centreville near route 66 is colored in light blue, which is quite surprising because I live in Centreville and never really thought of hunger being an issue around here. Following Centreville to the east are some parts of Burke and small parts of Vienna that are shaded in light blue as blue. Up the map we have Reston and Herndon that are colored in dark blue, right next to Reston is Great Falls which is a pretty wealthy community so that is shaded in white. Further down we run into Annandale, Springfield and some parts of Arlington that are all colored in dark blue and further south and a little to the east we have Mt Vernon and Lorton that are shaded in light blue. These are the main areas where students have indicated having any hunger, the rest of the map is shaded in as light green.

Now with all that information being shared, why is it that in Fairfax County, the third wealthiest county in the United States is having issues with hunger? The information and statistics I have shared are of those students indicating any hunger, the article also shares another map with us showing another set of statistics that reports students being hungry most of the time or always. The same colors apply but the percentages change. Dark blue is now 3%-3.6%, light blue is 2.6%-3%, green is 2%-2.6%, light green is 1.6%, and white is under 1.6%. I am just going to point out on the map where hunger is the most severe in, which is just the dark blue and light blue shaded areas. On the map the areas that are shaded in dark blue starts at top with the Merrifield area and slides down to Annandale then further down to the Springfield and West Springfield area. The light blue shaded in areas include Centreville, West Falls Church, Franconia, and down into Lorton.

Grades by HungerI think the main reason that these areas tend to have issues is because these areas are highly populated. In 1970 the population in the Fairfax County area was around 454,000, and now it is around the millions. The household with the population today is around 408,000, not even half of what the population is. Fairfax County’s website has information on the median income in the area which is pretty interesting. Individuals who make fewer than $25,000 is about 7.2% of the population. $25,000 to $49,000 is around 11.4%, $50,000 to $74,999 is 14.2%, $75,000 to $99,999 is 13.3%, $100,000 to $149,999 is 21.3%, and people who make over $150,000 is around 32.6%. I believe that poverty occurs in Fairfax County because of high fertility. The Fairfax County area is an expensive place to live in, because of high cost living, low-income households find it particularly hard to meet basic food needs.

http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/homeless/homelessness-in-our-community.htm

https://www.nokidhungry.org/problem/hunger-facts

 

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5 Responses to “Hunger in Affluent Fairfax County”

  1. bunbun on March 25th, 2014 12:19 pm

    I also don’t understand how Fairfax County is the second richest county and still has hunger issues. I live in Centreville too and I was also suprised Centreville is light blue witch means 18%-20% kids are hungry.

  2. Cowboy94 on March 25th, 2014 12:19 pm

    Its shocking to see and hear that Fairfax County, being one of the wealthiest county in the US, has hunger issues. I can’t believe that there are not more food banks or just more employment so that not as many people have to go hungry every day. I think that everyone needs to pitch in and help these people.

  3. cookie on March 25th, 2014 1:52 pm

    People in this area are so quick to talk about hunger and about all the starving people. The government could honestly stop hunger. If they were to make a law stating all restaurants and any place that sells food must by law donate any they can at the end of everyday to the shelters and food banks. That’s how I feel we could stop hunger not only in Fairfax County but all over the world too.

  4. Enocks97 on October 19th, 2015 1:45 pm

    I live in Centreville ,VA more towards the Chantilly border. I myself have witnessed and know families who have experienced from children going hungry. I from experience know and understand what it feels like to not have food and other necessities. I think it is very good that this article was published because it brings awareness to this issues and hopefully helps the children who are hungry get the proper nutrition that they deserve because it is not fair that a child should go hungry in one of the wealthiest countys in America.

  5. miss_isssa on October 19th, 2015 2:41 pm

    I can relate to this article, because i know what its like to not have food in your house and having to struggle. My mom is a single mom who works two jobs and tries to provide what she can for me with no help. But there are many things we can control and sometimes certain bills would be more important than buying food. I hope that this article helps people struggling to put dinner on the table and can create more food programs for non wealthy people.

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