New state-by-state numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau reveal 86 percent of people in the Commonwealth receiving or expecting a stimulus check said they spent at least a portion of that check just keeping food on the table.
As part of the bureau’s Household Pulse Survey conducted in mid-June, numbers show 1.8 million out of 3.3 million stimulus recipients in Kentucky spent stimulus money on food.
The finding is not surprising to people providing food assistance.
The Dare to Care Food Bank saw the demand for food jump 35 percent in March. The numbers have remained steady even as the economy continues to reopen and despite the arrival of stimulus checks.
Dare to Care Food Bank spokesman Stan Siegwald said Dare to Care supplies 200 area food pantries and warns those operations to be prepared for a marathon.
He said if it continues at current pace they would probably go through about 30 million pounds this year.