- The Plate
Food Workers Scramble to Put Food on Their Tables
Wages for supermarket clerks and fast food employees remain low, and advocates don't expect increases under a Trump administration.
One in seven American workers is employed in some segment of the food chain, from apple pickers to packing-house workers, truckdrivers to supermarket clerks to fast food counter staff. And many of them increasingly struggle to put food on their own tables, according to a report released Monday from the Food Chain Workers Alliance, an advocacy group founded in 2009, and the Solidarity Research Center. What’s more, the problem is worse among women and people of color.
Thirteen percent of the 21.5 million workers in America’s food system received benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in 2016, the program formerly known as food stamps. That's compared to an average of 6 percent of workers claiming these benefits in all