JUST THE FACTS
HUNGER IN THE U.S. | WORLD POVERTY & HUNGER
- There are 815 million hungry people in the world—one in every nine people2.*
- An estimated sixty percent of the world’s hungry are women or girls3.
- Every year, 3.1 million children under five die due to malnutrition.
* This is the number reported by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations. Critics claim that the FAO data neglects larger issues of poverty, inequality and rising food prices. It is almost certain that the number of people facing hunger worldwide is even higher.
HUNGER IN AMERICA
- 41.2 million Americans are food insecure,* meaning they are often forced to skip meals, eat less at meals, buy cheap non-nutritious food and/or feed their children but not themselves.4
- 12.9 million children in the US are food insecure.5
- There are 15.6 million U.S. households suffering from food insecurity – 12.7 percent of all U.S households.6
- 6.1 million U.S. households suffer from severe food insecurity, which means the people who live in them are often hungry.7
- 3.1 million households with children are food insecure at some time each year.8
- 42.3 million Americans currently rely on SNAP (Supplemental Assistance Program, formerly food stamps) to meet their food needs.9
- 83% of SNAP households have incomes below the poverty line. Additionally, 82% of all SNAP benefits go to the most vulnerable households – those with children, elderly or disabled people.10
- Among SNAP households with children, more than 60 percent of work while receiving SNAP, and almost 90 percent are employed the prior or subsequent year. SNAP helps Americans return to work, and increasingly, it helps those who already work, but do not receive a sufficient wage to feed themselves or their families.11
- Many families suffering from hunger and poverty live in areas where fresh, unprocessed, healthy food is not available or is expensive, while the food they do have access to is nutritionally deficient.12