North America is often regarded as the land of plenty, and yet Hunger is still an issue that affects millions of Americans every year.
- 1 in 6 Americans live on incomes that put them at risk for hunger.
- Over 14 million American children rely on food banks for assistance.
- Food insecurity exists in every single county in the United States.
- A report from the U.S. Conference of Mayors found that only 11% of those requesting emergency food assistance were homeless.
- In 2011, more than 31 million children lived on incomes that qualified them for free or subsidized lunches.
- While awareness of hunger peaks during the holiday season, the summer months are the most difficult for food banks as children who receive free lunch at school are home. That’s why we urge everyone to hold a summer food drive to make the most impact in your community.
- Income Inequality – Hunger in the United States is often caused by income inequality and poverty. For many food banks, a large majority of their clients have at least one employed person in the household, but after the rent, mortgage and other bills are paid, there is not enough money leftover to provide for the house.
- Food Deserts – Food Deserts are areas or neighborhoods where residents do not have access to a grocery store that provides the healthy and affordable foods that are necessary for a healthy diet. These districts are often found in the lower-income areas of cities, where fast-food and unhealthy, more expensive options are the only food items available. While fast food items are commonly perceived as inexpensive, they are actually significantly pricier than healthy food items that are prepared in the home.
Source: Feeding America