Who Are the Hungry?
Children. More than 12 million children live in food-insecure homes. Research shows children are particularly vulnerable to the effects of food insecurity because even mild undernutrition can have adverse impacts on behavior, school performance and cognitive development. Food programs feed more than 18 million children each year.
Seniors. Feeding America serves nearly 3 million seniors 65 and older each year.
Working families. The latest government data (for 2006) show 10.9% of households are food insecure. An April 2008 Gallup poll found that for one in 10 Americans who make between $30,000 and $74,999 a year, rising food prices were causing severe hardship that affected their ability to maintain their current standard of living. For those earning less than $30,000 a year, that number jumps to 19%.
Local food banks have been a reliable helping hand for millions of people each year, but they are feeling the economic pinch, as well. While donations are stable on the national scale, some areas are struggling a lot more than others.
In a recent survey, Feeding America found more than 80% of its food banks reported they could not meet the increased demand without trimming operations or reducing the amount of food they provide.
Hunger in America is real, and it affects people right where you live. It is a tragedy, but it’s one you can help prevent. Tune in tomorrow to learn what you can do.
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