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Hunger Facts

Did You Know?

Hunger in America is a far-reaching problem that doesn't end at an empty stomach. While starvation is an obvious concern, there are many less noticeable or considered repercussions of extended hunger.


Malnourishment has serious consequences, especially for children who are still actively growing and developing. Lack of critical calories and nutrition can hinder children's ability to learn, stunting their ability to succeed by preventing them from obtaining necessary education.


These effects can have a life-long impact, resulting in missed higher education opportunities, limited career options, and subsequent financial instability. Continued malnourishment can also leave children susceptible to chronic diseases that can alter one's quality of life long-term.


Hungry to know more?

Check out the hunger facts below to learn more about hunger in America.

  • According to the USDA, there are over 38 million people in the United States experiencing food insecurity. 12 million of these individuals are children.

  • Minorities and communities of color experience food insecurity at a disproportionately high rate - this gap has been widened in the wake of the pandemic. 

  • While every community is home to families who face hunger, rural communities have proven to be particularly at risk.

  • Many families and households experiencing inadequate food supply do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and rely heavily on local food pantries for support.

  • Roughly 48% of students in America report they are food insecure.

  • Food-insecure Americans are more prone to obesity due to processed and packaged food often being more accessible and affordable.

  • About 60% of households led by older Americans share that they often must choose between buying groceries or paying utility bills.

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