Food insecurity rates in Nantucket, Massachusetts, where President Biden celebrated Thanksgiving in a billionaire mansion, rose more than 70% in 2020, according to a local health assessment.
Food insecurity across the state of Massachusetts is projected to increase by 81% this year, with the second largest percentage of children at risk of food insecurity in 2020, according to the Nantucket Community Health Needs Assessment for Fiscal Year 2021.
“Nantucket County was identified as one of four counties where the projected food insecurity rate has increased by over 70.0%,” the assessment said. “Mind the Meal Gap 2020 report also shows that children with 1: 4 food insecurity live in homes that are not eligible for public assistance programs.”
The report notes that a “large number of residents” on the island “have no documented residency status”.
Nantucket’s unemployment rate, by comparison, is better than other Massachusetts counties at just 2.9%, and over 3% of Nantucket families have earned income below the state poverty line in the past 12 months, the health rating said.
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Nantucket Current reporter Jason Graziadei highlighted the island’s efforts to feed those in need in a series of Thursday tweets.
“Around the corner from intelligence agents protecting the leader of the free world, steps away from mainland intelligence teams who are looking at the looks of. debate@POTUS Stay in the home of a billionaire who volunteers the #Nantucket Food Pantry was quietly going about its business today, “he wrote.
Graziadei continued, “Nantucket is being referred to as ‘posh’ and ‘tony’ in the national media this week, but in the food pantry the goal was simply to feed the island’s low-income residents and the growing food insecurity among Nantucket residents to fight working class. “
According to the US Census Bureau, 5.5% of the Nantucket County’s population is poor. The median income for the county between 2015 and 2019 was $ 107,717, and the per capita income was $ 55,398 in 2019.
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Nantucket Food Pantry Manager Yeshe Palmo told the reporter that thanksgiving volunteers were handing out 130 turkeys and various side dishes.
According to The Inquirer and Mirror, the Community Foundation for Nantucket received a $ 1.85 million government grant in October to help tackle food insecurity on the island.
The Bidens landed in Nantucket Tuesday night and spent Thanksgiving at the property of David Rubenstein, a co-founder of the Carlyle Group.
expenditure Thanksgiving Nantucket is a decade-long tradition of the Biden family, but was put on hold last year due to the pandemic. The White House told reporters Tuesday that the Bidens had previously stayed at Rubenstein’s house.
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Meanwhile, inflation has hit a three-decade high and the average cost of this year’s classic Thanksgiving festival has jumped more than 14% year-on-year, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation’s annual Thanksgiving dinner Cost overview. In large part, that’s because the cost of a turkey is up nearly 24% year over year. According to data from the Department of Labor, the cost of chicken breasts has increased by 26% over the past year.
Industry has largely attributed the rise in prices to disruptions in the supply chain and high demand for food, especially meat.
Fox News’ Jessica Chasmar contributed to this report.