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Understanding Hunger in the United States

  • Each year, 1 in 7 Americans turn to the Feeding America network of food banks, food pantries and meal programs for help. (Feeding America, Hunger in America 2014 – data collected in 2013.)
  • 5.4 million individuals are served each week through the Feeding America network. (Feeding America, Hunger in America 2014 – data collected in 2013.)
  • Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study reports that 49,078,000 million Americans – 15.8% of the U.S. population (15.9% LY) are food insecure. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap Study April, 2015 – data collected in 2013.)
  • Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study reports that 21.4% of children living in the U.S. are food insecure. (Feeding America, Map the Meal GapStudy 2015 – data collected in 2013
  • The nation’s official poverty rate is 15.6%, representing 47.7 million Americans living at or below the poverty line. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010-2014 estimate)
  • The number of children living in poverty in the U.S. is 21.9%. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2010-2014 estimate)
  • The Federal unemployment rate is 4.9%. (Latest data is from June 2016). Check for updates at the U.S. Department of Labor website which posts unemployment rates.

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

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