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Understanding Hunger

The United States has reached record unemployment rates. Not since the Great Depression has the country seen so many out of work and scraping to get by. Even though the economy is slowly recovering, those in need are finding it more and more difficult everyday to provide much needed provisions for their families.
 
Nearly 1.8 million Georgians are living in poverty according to the latest US Census Bureau American Community Survey. This is up from 1.7 million in 2011, and represents an increase of 150,000 people in poverty. Oftentimes mothers and fathers have to choose between buying food or paying for medical care, childcare or other monthly bills.
 

The 2014 Hunger in America report was released in August of that same year. During the summer of 2013, hundreds of food banks across the country participated in data collection for Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2014 report. The study is the largest, most comprehensive analysis of charitable food assistance in America. Visit their website for more details (details courtesy of Feeding America and the Atlanta Community Food Bank in 2015).

Hunger is not limited to only certain people. Children and adults of all ages are susceptible to the anxiety and fear of being without food.

However, with your help we can effectively fight the scourge of hunger. Through donations of time and food, our volunteers play a vital role in helping reduce the pain of hunger in our state.

The following statistics were compiled by the staff of Atlanta Community Food Bank, a network member of Feeding America.

  • The USDA defines food insecurity as the lack of access to adequate food resulting from the lack of money and other resources; this means they don't always know where they will find their next meal.
  • 20 percent of the people living in Georgia are food insecure; that's nearly 1.8 million people. This number is growing. 16.4 percent of the US population is food insecure.
  • 1 in 4 Georgia children live in food insecure households; that's more than 600,000 children under the age of 18. More than 22 percent of the children in the United States are deemed to be food insecure.
  • From 2000 to 2010, the number of poor individuals in the Atlanta metro suburbs more than doubled, growing by 122 percent. There are an estimated 48.4 million Americans living in poverty.
  • 1 in 9 senior citizens in Georgia are living in poverty.
For more information about Georgia Mountain Food Bank and how you can get involved, contact us at 770-534-4111.