What We're Doing in the US:
- In 2015, 42.2 million Americans (13.5% of households) were food insecure. Households with children were more likely to lack access to adequate and nutritious foods: 17% households with children are food insecure in comparison to 11% of households without children.
- Feeding America distributes approximately 3.3 billion pounds of food each year.
- 54% of Feeding America client households have had at least one member working for pay in the past 12 months. Low wages and increasing costs of living make it harder than ever for individuals to make ends meet.
- Three main federal assistance programs exist to combat food insecurity: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). In 2015, 59% of food insecure households participated in at least one of the three programs.
- Source: Feeding America (http://www.feedingamerica.org/hunger-in-america/impact-of-hunger/hunger-and-poverty/hunger-and-poverty-fact-sheet.html?referrer=https://www.google.com/)