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Hunger Statistics

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Thirty-three million people including 13 million children live in households that experience hunger or the risk of hunger. This represents one in ten households in the United States.1

4.1 percent of U.S. households experience hunger: they frequently skip meals or eat too little, sometimes going without food for a whole day. Nearly 8.5 million people, including 2.9 million children, live in these homes. 1

11.1 percent of U.S. households are at risk of hunger: they have lower quality diets or must resort to seeking emergency food because they cannot always afford the food they need. 24.7 million people, including 9.9 million children, live in these homes.1

Millions of poor children suffer from chronic under-nutrition, the under-consumption of essential nutrients and food energy. The risk of nutrient deficiencies that can lead to serious health problems, including impaired cognitive development, growth failure, physical weakness, anemia and stunting.2

A survey of America's Second Harvest national network of food banks in late 2001 and early 2002 found that 86% had seen an increase in requests for food assistance during the past year.3

Sources:

11Household Food Security in the United States, 2007; U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Report (ERR-66), November 2008
2Tufts University School of Nutrition -- Center on Hunger, Poverty & Nutrition Policy, March 1995
3America's Second Harvest, Local Impact Survey

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