Hunger In America


Food Insecure Homes:

12.9 million: The number of children in America who live in “food insecure” homes, or 17.5%.



Rural Children Struggling with Hunger:

21%: Percent of kids struggling with hunger who live in rural America vs. inside metropolitan areas (17%).



Food Insecure in Mississippi:

18.7%: Percent of households in Mississippi that are food insecure, giving it the highest rate in the nation. Mississippi is followed by Louisiana (18.3%),  Alabama (18.1%), New Mexico (17.6%) and Arkansas (17.5%).



Poor Child & College Education:

41%: How much less likely it is that a persistently poor child gets a college education.

[Urban Institute]

  • 40 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 27.5 million adults and 12.5 million children. [USDA]
  • 11.8 percent of households (15 million households) were food insecure. [USDA]
  • 4.5 percent of households (5.8 million households) experienced very low food security. [USDA]
  • In 2016, 5.5 million seniors (over age 60), or 7.7 percent of all seniors were food insecure. [Feeding America]
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 2.9 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 36.3 percent in Jefferson County, MS. [Feeding America]
  • In 2016, 58 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. [USDA]
  • $19,749: The federal poverty level for a family of 3. [Census]                        
  • 39.7 million: The number of people living in poverty in America, or 12.3% [Census]
  • 12.8 million: The number of children living in poverty in America, or 17.5%. [Census]
  • 2 in 5: The number of children in America who will spend at least one year of their childhoods in poverty. [Urban Institute]
  • Low-income students are 5 times more likely to drop out of high school than those with high-income and 13 times less likely to graduate from high school on time. [Children’s Defense Fund]
  • 21%: The percentage of grandparents-raising-grandchildren who live under the poverty line. [Generations United]
  • 21.8%: The percent of food-insecure Black households compared to Hispanic households (18%) and White households (8.8%). [USDA]