September is Hunger Action Month and right now 48 million Americans, including 15 million children, are food insecure, according to the USDA. September marks the tenth year Feeding America has organized this annual call to action.
Let’s look at the facts.
- In The United States, 1 in 8 people struggles with hunger.
- “A child’s chance for a bright tomorrow starts with getting enough healthy food to eat today. But in America, 1 in 6 children may not know where they will get their next meal. For the 13 million kids in the U.S. facing hunger, getting the energy they need to learn and grow can be a day-in, day-out challenge.”
- “Children who face hunger are more likely to struggle in school and experience developmental setbacks. Kids who struggle to get enough to eat also face higher risks of health conditions like anemia and asthma.”
- “The rate of hunger among seniors aged 60 and older has increased by 68% since 2001, a lingering effect of the 2008-09 recession. In fact, the number of seniors struggling with hunger is projected to increase by another 50% when the youngest of the baby-boom generation reaches 60 in 2025. And hunger pains can be increasingly painful as we age.”
- “African Americans are more than twice as likely to face hunger.” “And getting enough to eat is a consistent struggle for more than 1 in 4 African American children.”
- “One in five Latino households in the United States struggle with hunger. For Latino children, the disparity is even more severe. Nearly 1 in 4 Latino are at risk of hunger, compared to 14% of white children.”
- Food insecurity definition: “Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.”
Food Insecurity Rates
- UTAH – 13.1%
- IDAHO – 14%
- ARIZONA – 15.8%
- COLORADO – 12.2%
What actions can you take to join the fight against hunger?
- Organize a food drive or fundraiser in partnership with local nonprofits.
- Volunteer at local food bank or pantry.
- Educate yourself on hunger-related policies and programs and email your member of congress to advocate for policies that ensure aid for hungry families.
- Join the conversation by talking to friends and neighbors about the issue or posting on social media.
Learn more at feedingamerica.org