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  1. 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
  2. ”Food insecurity” refers to USDA's measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for all household members. Households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children in 2011: 20.6% vs. 12.2%.
  3. Food insecurity exists in every county in America. In 2011, 17.9 million households were food insecure. More and more people are relying on food banks and pantries. Collect food outside your local supermarket for a local food bank. Sign up for Supermarket Stakeout.
  4. 50.1 million Americans struggle to put food on the table.
  5. In the US, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty.

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  1. More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3.
  2. Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast, and only 10% have access to summer feeding sites.
  3. For every 100 school lunch programs, there are only 87 breakfast sites and just 36 summer food programs.
  4. 1 in 7 people are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Nearly half of them are children.
  5. 40% of food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans.
  6. These 7 states have statistically higher food insecurity rates than the US national average (14.7%): Mississippi (19.2%), Texas (18.5%), Arkansas (19.2%), Alabama (17.4%), Georgia (17.4%), Florida (16.2%), North Carolina (17.1%).


  • 1

    "Hunger Facts | Feeding America." Feeding America. http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-facts.aspx (accessed July 19, 2014).

  • 2

    "Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011." Feeding America. http://feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/hunger-studies/map-the-meal-gap/~/media/Files/research/map-meal-gap/ChildFoodInsecurity_ExecutiveSummary.ashx?.pdf (accessed July 22, 2014).

  • 3

    City Harvest." Food Insecurity. http://www.cityharvest.org/hunger-in-nyc/food-insecurity (accessed July 22, 2014).

  • 4

    "Statistics." Institute for America's Health. http://healthy-america.org/statistics/ (accessed July 22, 2014).

  • 5

    "Fast Food, Slow Food & Food Justice: Global Policies Creating Global Hunger." University of Maryland. http://theclarice.umd.edu/events/2014/fast-food-slow-food-food-justice-global-policies-creating-global-hunger (accessed July 22, 2014).

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    "Know Hunger and Homelessness." University of Central Florida. http://osi.ucf.edu/vucf/wp-content/uploads/sites/2/2013/06/0114_HungerandHomelessness_Brochure_MM.pdf (accessed July 22, 2014).

  • 7

    "Feeding America Kentucky." Nationwide Statistics. http://www.feedingamericaky.org/truth-about-hunger/nationwide-statistics (accessed July 22, 2014).

  • 8

    "Hunger and Poverty Facts." Bread.org. http://www.bread.org/hunger/us/facts.html (accessed July 21, 2014).

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    "Hunger and Poverty Facts." Bread.org. http://www.bread.org/hunger/us/facts.html (accessed July 21, 2014).

  • 10

    "Hunger and Poverty Facts." Bread.org. http://www.bread.org/hunger/us/facts.html (accessed July 21, 2014).

  • 11

    "Environmental Issues: Food and Agriculture." Reducing Food Waste and Losses in the U.S. Food Supply. http://www.nrdc.org/food/wasted-food.asp (accessed July 22, 2014).

  • 12

    "MANNA FoodBank : Hunger In Western North Carolina." MANNA FoodBank : Hunger In Western North Carolina. http://mannafoodbank.org/hunger-in-western-north-carolina/ (accessed July 22, 2014).

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