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Report: Nearly One In Four Alabamians Struggle To Buy Food

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-Stunning new numbers show just how big an impact America's economic downturn has had at the kitchen table, particularly in Alabama.

According to a Gallup survey released Tuesday, nearly one in four Alabamians did not have enough money to buy the food they need at some point in the past twelve months.

Alabama's twenty-three percent rate is the second-highest in America, trailing only neighboring Mississippi.

Gallup's report surveyed 180,000 people, and was conducted over the last six months. The survey comes as food prices are expected to start soaring again thanks to widespread drought hitting America's heartland.

One local man who has struggled to buy food talked about his difficulties with WHNT News 19 on Tuesday.

"It's been hard," said Huntsville resident Mike Miller, who has diabetes and lives on a fixed-income with his wife. "I haven't had any food for about a week, and it seems like it's just getting harder and harder...There are good people out there trying to make ends meet, we're just having a hard time."

A local food pantry heard about Miller's situation on Tuesday night and has made arrangements to assist him.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that price increases for beef, dairy and poultry products will be noticeable in the next two months.