The Impact of a $15 Minimum Wage on Hunger in America

Source: William M. Rodgers III, The Century Foundation, September 1, 2016

…..This report looks at the impact that raising the federal minimum wage would have on America’s food insecurity problem, using the Norcross plan as a model. Under this plan, the federal minimum wage would rise to $8.00 in 2016, and then increase a $1 per year, until it reached $15.00 per hour in 2023. (The proposal extends Congressman Bobby Scott and Washington State Senator Patty Murray’s proposal to increase the federal minimum wage to $12.00 per hour by 2020.)….

– In 2014, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated that 14 percent of U.S. households were classified as food insecure, and just over 19.2 percent of all households with children were food insecure.

– An increase in the minimum wage significantly improves food security, with larger increases for African-American and Latino, high school graduate, and single-parent households.

– If the federal minimum wage were raised to $15.00 per hour by 2023, almost 1.2 million American households would achieve food security—a major impact on the epidemic of hunger nationwide.