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Being in a couple relationship offered protection against food hardship in households with and without children, a change from 2010. 

In a telephone survey, King County adults were asked how often in the past 12 months (never, sometimes, or often) their food didn’t last and they didn’t have money to buy more. Answers of “sometimes” or “often” are indicators of food hardship. Because food hardship increased dramatically in just 3 years, line charts are used to show patterns of change across groups.

Whether or not they had children in the household, adults in a couple relationship were less likely than those without partners to experience food hardship.

  • In 2010 and 2013, adults with children who were not in a couple relationship reported the highest levels of food hardship.
  • In 2010, uncoupled adults without children were less likely than those with children to report food hardship.  By 2013 the rate of food hardship among uncoupled adults without children had doubled and this protective effect (of having no children) had disappeared. 
  • In 2013, uncoupled adults were at least 3 times more likely than those in a couple relationship to experience food hardship, with or without children.