National Hunger Overview

Go here for information on the 2010 Hunger In America report.

The Challenges are Great…But Can Be Overcome
The information below shows that many people in our country are struggling with their most basic need. However, the country has committed its great resources to the task of eliminating childhood hunger by 2015. Read more about this ambitious program here.

Hunger and Food Insecurity in the United States

One of the most disturbing and extraordinary aspects of life in this very wealthy country is the persistence of hunger. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reported that, in 2008, 14.6% of Americans or more than 49 million people worry about where the next meal is coming from. This is the highest rate of food insecurity in the 14 years that the study has been done.

  • There are 35% more food-insecure children than in 2007.
  • There are 45% more people experiencing very low food security than in 2007.

Malnutrition is Also Significant
Obesity and diabetes are on the rise in large part because many people are unable to afford the fresh, healthful foods that provide them with the nutrition they need. Learn how each state stacks up in their fresh fruit and vegetable consumption.

Households with children experience the most hunger

The study found that households with children were food insecure at almost twice the rate of households without children. Among low-income households, the picture worsens. 40% of low-income families with children face food insecurity.

California Scores among the Worst in the Nation for Food Security

California is among the 25 states with higher food insecurity rates than the national average. Other states on the hunger hot list? Arkansas, Georgia, Utah, and Texas, to name a few.
For more information, see full the report here.

  • Households with children are food insecure at almost twice the rate of households without children.

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