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 http://www.bls.gov/cps/.
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)
Please let your network of friends, family, neighbors and business associates know they can learn more about hunger on a national scope - and hear from real people regarding their personal experiences with food insecurity and hunger - by visiting www.feedingamerica.org.