The Hunger in America series is the largest study of domestic hunger, providing comprehensive and statistically-valid data on our charitable food distribution system and the people Feeding America serves. Hunger in America 2010 is extremely detailed, drawing on data from more than 61,000 interviews with clients and over 37,000 surveys of local charitable agencies.
The report shows that hunger is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States, and our network is expanding its reach in response:
- According to Hunger in America 2010 data, Feeding America annually provides food to 37 million Americans, including nearly 14 million children. This is an increase of 46 percent over 2006, when we were feeding 25 million Americans, including 9 million children, each year.
- That means one in eight Americans now rely on Feeding America for food and groceries.
- Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks is feeding 1 million more Americans each week than we did in 2006.
- Thirty-six percent of the households we serve have at least one employed adult.
- More than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care.
- The number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006.
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