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Understanding Hunger in Georgia

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

  • 17.7 percent of Georgians (from 18.7% LY) are food insecure, meaning that they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap Study April, 2016  data collected in 2014.) 

  • 26.1 percent of Georgia children (from 28.2% LY) live in food insecure households – more than 1 in every 4 Georgia kids. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap Study April, 2016  data collected in 2014).

  • 18.5 percent of Georgians are living in poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile. Released Sept. 2014.

  • 25.9 percent of Georgia’s children (under age 18) live in poverty. Georgia is tied with Arizona for the 8th highest child poverty rate in the U.S.  (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile.  2010-2014 estimate)

  • 10.8 percent – more than 1 in 10 Georgia seniors live in poverty. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey Profile.  2010-2014 estimate)

  • Georgia’s unemployment rate is 5.4%.  (Latest data is from May 2016 – new state numbers are generally posted on the third Friday of the month.) The most current unemployment rate for each state can be found on the U.S. Department of Labor’s website .

  • As of 2016, Georgia remains 1 of only 2 states with minimum wage rates under the federal rate of $7.25 (Wyoming is the other state.) . Georgia’s minimum wage is $5.15/hour.  (U.S. Dept. of Labor, Employment Standards Admin. 2016)

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