By Allison Linn, CNBC Digital
Every time you go to a fast-food restaurant, you have a 1 in 5 chance of being served by a worker who’s living in poverty.
A substantial number of workers who serve up your fast food aren’t making enough to get by, and are instead living in poverty or relying on government programs such as food stamps, a new report finds.
On average, 20 percent of front-line fast-food workers were living in households with incomes below the poverty line over the years that the researchers studied. That compares to just 5 percent of workers as a whole, according to the report released Tuesday by the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the University of Illinois’s Department of Urban and Regional Planning,
The report also found that, on average, 24 percent of households that included a nonmanagerial fast-food worker were relying on food stamps — now known as SNAP — during the years they studied.
In addition, 19 percent lived in a household in which an adult relied on Medicaid, and 18 percent were in a household in which a child was on Medicaid or an equivalent program.
- Study: Fast-food workers rely on $7 billion in aid (sfgate.com)
- Low-wage fast-food jobs leave hefty tax bill, report says (newscenter.berkeley.edu)
- Fast Food Jobs Cost America $7 Billion A Year? Does McDonald’s Make America Poor (247wallst.com)
- Low Wages Cost Taxpayers A Quarter-Trillion Dollars Every Year (thinkprogress.org)
- Majority of Texas fast-food workers on public assistance (kens5.com)
- Fast Food, Poverty Wages: The Public Cost of Low-Wage Jobs in the Fast-Food Industry (talkingunion.wordpress.com)
- Half of Illinois’ fast-food workers rely on public aid (ivoter.net)
- The Staggeringly High Public Cost of Low Wages (littlegreenfootballs.com)