Going to Bed Hungry in New Mexico
By Travis Fox
MAGDALENA, N.M. -- New Mexico is among the states with the highest rate of hunger, or food insecurity, in the nation. Much of it is the result of the poverty endemic to the state, but food banks in New Mexico also report an increase this year in the number of working and middle class people needing food aid.
I visited Magdalena, a village 100 miles southwest of Albuquerque. People there and in other rural areas are experiencing a 'perfect storm' of inflation. Not only has the price of food increased, but higher gas prices mean people can't afford to travel to larger towns where food is considerably cheaper. People in Magdalena are used to driving 60 miles roundtrip to Socorro, where there are several supermarkets and cheaper prices, but higher gas prices now offset the savings.
Posted at 9:17 AM ET on Oct 17, 2008
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