Hunger Facts

In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.

Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger.  These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food.

It’s time to educate ourselves about the causes of hunger in America.

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Hunger & Poverty Statistics

Learn the facts about how poverty and hunger in America intertwine as issues.

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Child Hunger Facts

Know the facts about child hunger? Find out more about how 1 in 5 children do not have enough to eat.

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Rural Hunger

Rates of food insecurity, the statistical measurement of hunger or near hunger, among rural households is generally lower than urban households, but slightly higher than the national average. The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost wholesome food for American consumers.

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Senior Hunger

The number of older adults is projected to increase by 36% over the next decade and continue to rise in the following decade. In 2030 there will be 72.1 million older adults, almost twice as many as in 2008. Additionally, the senior population is becoming increasingly diverse. Between 2010 and 2030, the white population of 65 and plus is projected to increase by 59% compared with 160% of older minorities.

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Working Poor

One of the most common misconceptions is the assumption that if someone is hungry, that means they do not have a job and are living on the streets. What most people don’t understand is that anyone can experience hunger. It is a silent epidemic that affects more than 50 million Americans.

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African-American Hunger

African-Americans are disproportionately affected by poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment.  They are also more likely to receive emergency food assistance than their Latino and white, non-Hispanic peers.

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Hispanic/Latino Hunger

Nationally, the population identifying as Hispanic/Latino grew 43% over the last decade and growth increasingly incurred in new communities. 50.5 million Latinos are living in the U.S. - 16.3% of the population. Overall population growth in the U.S. was just 9.7%. Latinos are disproportionately affected by poverty, food insecurity, and unemployment. They are also more likely to receive emergency food assistance than their white, non-Hispanic peers and less likely to receive SNAP benefits.

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