The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported today that for the third consecutive year, 1 in 6 Americans live in households that are food insecure.

Among the nearly 49 million Americans facing hunger are more than 16 million children.  Five million households experiencing food insecurity include at least one senior.   The USDA collected the data in December, 2010.

Of the nearly 49 million Americans that experience food insecurity:

  • 16 million are children
  • 13 million are Latino
  • 10 million are African-American.

Last spring, Feeding America conducted a research study to reveal food insecurity rates at the county level. Map the Meal Gap showed that hunger exists in every county in the nation, ranging from 5 percent in Steele County, ND to 38 percent in Wilcox County, AL.

For real stories about hunger, see Daniel (child), Steve and Judy (seniors), Danielle, Lillie and Alex (African-American), and Luz (Latino).

Read our press release about the report.

Hunger is simply one battle we cannot afford to lose. - CEO Vicki Escarra