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]

  • 41.2 million Americans live in food insecure households, including 28.2 million adults and 12.9 million children. [USDA]
  • 12.3 percent of households (15.6 million households) were food insecure. [USDA]
  • 4.9 percent of households (6.1 million households) experienced very low food security. [USDA]
  • In 2016, 4.9 million seniors (over age 60), or 7.7 percent of all seniors were food insecure. [NFESH]
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 4.1 percent in Cavalier County, ND to a high of 36.1 percent in Jefferson County, MS. [Feeding America]
  • In 2016, 59 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]
  • $20,780: The federal poverty level for a family of 3. [Census]                        
  • 40.6 million: The number of people living in poverty in America, or 12.7% [Census]
  • 13.3 million: The number of children living in poverty in America, or 18%. [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. [Southern Education Foundation
  • 21%: The percentage of grandparents-raising-grandchildren who live under the poverty line. [Generations United]
  • 22.5%: The percent of food-insecure Black households compared to Hispanic households (18.5%) and White households (9.3%). [USDA]