Hunger

Every day in America 1 in 8 people face hunger. In 2016, 12.3 percent of households with children lacked adequate food to eat. In 2015, 9 percent of seniors (over age 60) were food insecure.

Hunger exists in literally every county in the US.  More and more families are relying of food banks and government programs to help meet their needs.

Hunger facts:

  • Food insecurity declined in 2016 to 12.3 percent or15.6 million households.  
  • Hunger was significantly higher than the national average in households with incomes near or below the Federal poverty line, especially households with children headed by single parent families and Black or Hispanic households
  • In the US, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but by the prevalence of poverty
  • More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger.  Among Blacks and Latinos it is 1 in 3
  • Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each day at school.  Less than half of them receive breakfast and most do not have access to meals on non-school days
  • Throughout the US, 25% of military families, or 620,000 households, seek food assistance each year
  • Most families who rely on assistance have at least one household member working
  • Low income families spend a greater share of their income on food

Hunger in Georgia:

  • Georgia is the 19th hungriest state in the US
  • 1 in 8 households struggle to put food on the table

Hunger in Alabama:

  • Alabama is the 5th hungriest state in the US
  • 1 in 4 households struggle to put food on the table

If you are struggling to provide food for your family and need assistance, contact one of these food banks in your area.

Resources:

feedthechildren.org

feedingamerica.org

worldhunger.org

bread.org

dosomething.org

nbcnews.com

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