In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in
the United States, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the
problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of
society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but
the reality is much different.
Right now, millions of Americans are struggling with hunger. These are
often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot make
ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even
Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same.
Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food
In 2010, 46.2 million people (15.1 percent) were in poverty.
In 2010, 9.2 million (11.7 percent) families were in poverty.
In 2010, 26.3 million (13.7 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in
In 2010, 16.4 million (22.0 percent) children under the age of 18 were
In 2010, 3.5 million (9.0 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
The overall Poverty Rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure
is 16.0%, as compared with the official poverty rate of 15.1%.
Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 49.1 million people
living in poverty, 2.5 million more than are represented by the
official poverty measure (46.2 million).iii
Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security
In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.6
million adults and 16.2 million children.
In 2010, 14.5 percent of households (17.2 million households) were food
In 2010, 5.4 percent of households (6.4 million households) experienced
very low food security.
In 2010, households with children reported food insecurity at a
significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.2 percent
compared to 11.7 percent.
In 2010, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the
national average included households with children (20.2 percent),
especially households with children headed by single women (35.1
percent) or single men (25.4 percent), Black non-Hispanic households
(25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
In 2009, 8.0 percent of seniors living alone (925,000 households) were
Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low
of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 38 percent in Wilcox
Nine states exhibited statistically significant higher household food
insecurity rates than the U.S. national average 2008-2010:
United States 14.6%
North Carolina 15.7%
Use of Emergency Food Assistance and Federal Food Assistance Programs
In 2010, 4.8 percent of all U.S. households (5.6 million households)
accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times.
In 2010, 59.2 percent of food-insecure households participated in at
least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs
–Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp
Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special
Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.
Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37
million low-income people annually, a 46 percent increase from 25
million since 2010.See here for more details
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