food pantry stocking USDA photo by Lance Cheung
Tukwila Pantry Executive Director Joe Tice stocks the tables with canned goods; at the food bank he created, in Tukwila. WA

Juggling bills may be key risk indicator for food insecurity

Survey examines data on financial coping strategies of those who visit food pantries.

Pawning family valuables or paying one bill while letting another bill slide may be warning signs that someone is at risk for being food insecure. A new University of Illinois study uses data collected from people who visit food pantries to show that these financial coping strategies can help identify people who are very food insecure or at risk for becoming food insecure.

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