12 Things about Hunger – Did You Know?

In the United States:

  1. 50.2 million Americans live in food-insecure households.

  2. 17.2 million children in our country don’t get enough healthy food to eat.

  3. Households with children experience almost double the food insecurity rate of childless households.

  4. 5.6 million households relied on a food pantry one or more times in 2009.

  5. 1 in 8 Americans currently participate in SNAP (formerly the Food Stamp program)


  1. 925 million people do not have enough to eat – that’s nearly three times the population of the U.S.

  2. 98 percent of the world’s hungry live in developing countries.

  3. Malnutrition leads to nearly one third of all childhood deaths before age 5.

  4. More than 60 percent of the world’s hungry are women.

  5. Hunger kills more people annually than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.

  6. One in seven people will go to bed hungry tonight.

  7. One in four children in developing countries is underweight.

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