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.
- 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]