Facts about Hunger
- 1 in 6 people in America face hunger.
- Households with children reported a significantly higher food insecurity rate than households without children in 2011. 20.6 percent vs. 12.2 percent.
- Food insecurity exists in every county in America. In 2011, 17.9 million households were food insecure.
- 50.1 million Americans struggle to put food on the table.
- In the US, hunger isn’t caused by a lack of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty.
- More than 1 in 5 children is at risk of hunger
- Among African-Americans and Latinos, it’s 1 in 3
- Over 20 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast and only 10 percent have access to summer feeding sites.
- For every 100 school lunch programs, there are only 87 breakfast sites and just 36 summer food programs.
- 1 in 7 people are enrolled in Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Nearly half of them are children.
- 40 percent of food is thrown out in the US every year, or about $165 billion worth. All of this uneaten food could feed 25 million Americans.
- Undernutrition contributes to 2.6 million deaths of children under five each year – one third of the global total. UNICEF, 2011
- Nearly 870 million people, or one in eight, were suffering from chronic undernourishment in 2010-2012. FAO, 2012
- Undernourishment kills more people every year than malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS combined. USAID, 2012
- In 2011, 1 in 6 children were estimated to be underweight in developing countries with most (56 million) living in South-central Asia. WHO, 2011
- Almost 1 billion people across the globe will go to bed hungry tonight, 200 million of them children. USAID, 2013
- The proportion of children under 5 years old in developing countries who were underweight is estimated to have declined only 11% between 1990 and 2010 from 29% to 18%. This rate of progress is insufficient to meet the MDG target of halving 1990 levels of underweight by 2015. WHO, 2011 15.9 million children lived in food insecure households in 2012.
- 20% or more of the child population in 37 states and D.C. lived in food insecure households in 2011, according to the most recent data available. New Mexico (30.6%) and the District of Columbia (30.0%) had the highest rates of children in households without consistent access to food.
- In 2011, the top five states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 18 are New Mexico, the District of Columbia, Arizona, Oregon, and Georgia.
- In 2011, the top five states with the lowest rate of food insecure children under 18 are North Dakota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Minnesota.
This is a documentary that aired on the Food Network called Hunger Hits Home takes a look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America.
One-hour special that takes a first-hand look at the crisis of childhood hunger in America through the eyes of the parents, children, activists, educators and politicians on the front-lines of the battle. Presented by Food Network and Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Campaign