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Despite improvements in recent years, food insecurity and poverty remain higher than before the recession began in late 2007. And although food insecurity rates have fallen, the need among people who remain food insecure continues to rise. Given that food insecurity can negatively affect the health and well-being of individuals, especially children, the need for charitable and federal nutrition assistance remains substantial. You can help! Host a Feed the Funnel party!
Food insecurity is "the limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe food." Hunger is an individual level physiological condition that may result from food insecurity.
Food insecurity exists in every county and congressional district in the country. But not everyone struggling with hunger qualifies for federal nutrition assistance. Learn more about local food insecurity and the food banks in your community by exploring Feeding America’s annual Map the Meal Gap project.
The USDA estimates that 42 million people, including 13 million children, in the United States were food insecure in 2015. That means 1 in 8 individuals (13.4%), and 1 in 6 children (17.9%), lived in households without consistent access to adequate food.
in the United States struggle with hunger. Kids who eat school breakfast miss less school, get better grades, and are more likely to graduate from high school. Learn more at No Kid Hungry. Food insecurity has many negative effects on the physical development of children. Learn more from the American Academy of Pediatricians' "Promoting Food Security for All Children" paper.
are affected by food insecurity. Social factors including unequal opportunity for education and employment, domestic violence, inequitable wage compensation, insufficient child support, and lack of access to affordable healthcare and housing make it difficult for mothers to put and keep food on the table.
are affected by food insecurity. These are our parents and grandparents. Learn more about senior hunger from the National Foundation to End Senior Hunger.
regularly experience high levels of food insecurity. Learn more from the National Student Campaign Against Hunger & Homelessness.
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