…..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.