Take action against hunger at home


Hunger is more than just “somewhere else.”

Hunger could be your neighbor, your classmate, your co-worker, your friend. Hunger isn’t always obvious.

According to Feeding America, one in five children in America live in a household that struggles to put food on the table.

Statistics from the Feeding America website indicate that:

• “In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children.

• “In 2013, 14 percent of households (17.5 million households) were food insecure.

• “In 2013, 6 percent of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security.

• “In 2013, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20 percent compared to 12 percent.

• “In 2013, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20%), especially households with children headed by single women (34%) or single men (23%), Black non-Hispanic households (26%) and Hispanic households (24%).

• “In 2011, 4.8 million seniors (over age 60), or 8 percent of all seniors were food insecure.

• “Food insecurity exists in every county in America …”

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