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Hunger and Poverty in the United States

  • Feeding America’s 2013 Map the Meal Gap study revealed that food insecurity across the country has risen again - 16.4 percent of the U.S. population is food insecure - up from 16.1 percent last year. (Feeding America’s 2013 Map the Meal Gapreflects the most current data collected in 2011.)

  • Feeding America’s latest Child Food Insecurity Study revealed that 22.4 percent of children living in the U.S. are food insecure – up from 21.6 percent last year. (Feeding America 2013 Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity study reflects data collected in 2011.) Be sure to click the button entitled Child Food Insecurity Rates.

  • 48.4 million Americans (15.9 percent) are now living in poverty according to the latest report released by the US Census Bureau American Communities Survey profile in September 2012 – up by 2.2million people from the 46.2 million reported in last year’s report. (U.S. Census Bureau American Communities Survey Profile2011. Data released September 2012)

  • The Federal unemployment rate is 7.6 percent. (Latest data is from May 2013). Check for updates at the U.S. Department of Labor website which posts unemployment rates at

  • The number of children living in poverty in the U.S. moved from 22 percent to 21.9 percent from 2010 to 2011 - that’s a total of about 16.1 million kids and is statistically unchanged from last year’s numbers.  (U.S. Census Bureau, Income, Poverty and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2011. Data released September 2012)

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