Hunger In America


Food Insecure Homes:

15.3 million: The number of children in America who live in “food insecure” homes, or 20.9%.



Kids Struggling with Hunger:

23.6%: Percent of kids struggling with hunger who live in rural America vs. inside metropolitan areas (18.4%).



Food Insecure in Mississippi:

22%: Percent of households in Mississippi that are food insecure, giving it the highest rate in the nation. Mississippi is followed by Arkansas (19.9%), Louisiana (17.6%), Kentucky (17.5%) and Texas (17.2%).



Poor Child & College Education:

43%: How much less likely it is that a persistently poor child gets a college education.

[Urban Institute]


  • 48.1 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children.
  • 14 percent of households (17.4 million households) were food insecure.
  • 6 percent of households (6.9 million households) experienced very low food security.
  • In 2013, 5.4 million seniors (over age 60), or 9 percent of all seniors were food insecure.[v]
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 4 percent in Slope County, ND to a high of 33 percent in Humphreys County, MS.[vi]
  • In 2014, 61 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major federal food assistance programs –Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP-formerly Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) — in the prior month.
  • $20,090: The federal poverty level for a family of 3. [Federal Register]
  • 46.7 million: The number of people living in poverty in America, or 14.8%. [Census]
  • 15.5 million: The number of children living in poverty in America, or 21.1%. [Census]
  • 2 in 5: The number of children in America who will spend at least one year of their childhoods in poverty. [Urban Institute]
  • 51%: Percent of U.S. public school kids who live in low-income homes.
  • 21%: The percentage of grandparents-raising-grandchildren who live under the poverty line. [Generations United]