Hunger in America

Did You Know?

  • Nearly 49 million people in the U.S. are food insecure; this means they lack consistent access to enough food at some point during the year
  • Among all client households served by Feeding America, 46 percent have had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
  • Among all pantry client households served by Feeding America, 49 percent have had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
  • Among all kitchen client households served by Feeding America, 33 percent have had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
  • Among all shelter client households served by Feeding America, 33 percent have had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
  • 55 percent of client households with children had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
  • 35 percent of client households with seniors had to choose between buying food and paying for utilities and heating fuel. 
  • In a national study of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) recipients, 30% reported going without food for at least one day, 41% went without medical or dental

The Feeding America network of food banks and food-rescue organizations provides hunger-relief services to an estimated 37 million low-income people each year - one in eight Americans - including nearly 14 million children and nearly 3 million seniors. This report is an increase of 46 percent over the findings reported four years ago in Hunger in America 2006, which was based on data collected in 2005.

 

Hunger in America 2010 - Local Impacts
Locally, more than 30,000* Larimer County residents are seeking food assistance each year through Food Bank for Larimer County and its emergency food provider agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters. The primary purpose of emergency food providers is to provide food to people in a hunger crisis. This finding marks a 55 percent increase from the 19,368 annual clients reported just four years ago in Hunger in America 2006. (*This report does not account for clients receiving food from other non-emergency food providers such as day care centers and senior centers and other Food Bank programs such as Kids Cafe.)

Learn more about HUNGER IN AMERICA 2010.

 

Other resources for hunger and poverty facts:
Feeding America
USDA
FRAC - Food Research and Action Center

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