A new poll by the University of Texas at Austin and the Texas Department of Agriculture found that food insecurity is rising.
The survey found that 51 percent of respondents are not able to afford to buy food, and nearly 20 percent of those surveyed reported they are spending more on groceries than they need to.
According to the study, only 16 percent of the people surveyed reported being able to get their food on-time in January.
The survey, conducted on February 26, also found that, compared to last year, food insecurity has risen across all income levels, with people in the bottom fifth of the income spectrum spending on average $8.80 more per month than people in higher income groups.
The poll found that the percentage of people who say they cannot afford to purchase food increased from 20 percent last year to 23 percent in 2016.
According to the survey, the number of Americans who reported that they are experiencing food insecurity increased from 17 percent in 2015 to 18 percent in the latest survey.
The number of people reporting that they can afford to spend more on food has also risen from 17 to 20 percent in each of the last two years.