Hunger and Poverty 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 Study.) 
  • 5.4 million individuals are served each week through the Feeding America network. (Feeding America, Hunger in America Study.) 
  • Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study reports that 37 million Americans – 11.5% of the U.S. population are food insecure. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap Data collected in 2018.)  
  • Feeding America’s, Map the Meal Gap study reports that 15.2% of children living in the U.S. – 11 million are food insecure. (Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap Data collected in 2017)
  • The nation’s official poverty rate is 10.5%, living at or below the poverty line.  (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2019 estimate US Census
  • The number of children living in poverty in the U.S. is 16.8 %. (U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2019 estimate US Census
  • The Federal unemployment rate is 6.7%. (Latest data is from December 2020). Check for updates at the U.S. Department of Labor website which posts unemployment rates at

Please let your friends, family and business associates know they can learn more about national solutions to hunger by visiting

For more information about Georgia Mountain Food Bank and how you can get involved, contact us at 770-534-4111.

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