Hunger in America
We have the means to end hunger in America as the first step to ending global hunger. In fact, God has provided so abundantly that there is enough food produced to feed everyone.
In the United States, according to the USDA, 27 percent of all the food produced each year is lost at the retail, consumer, and food service levels. That turns out to be about nearly 1.5 tons of food per year for every man, woman, and child in the United States who faces hunger. To put it another way, in the U.S. we throw away about 263 million pounds of food a day… every single day! And much of what is wasted actually is just surplus food. It is perfectly edible. And that doesn’t even count the food left in the fields or discarded before delivery.
You can see by the counter to the right how much food has gone to waste just since this page was loaded in your browser. Again, much of what goes to waste is surplus food. It is nutritious and edible. And while all that good food is being wasted, there are more than 40 million Americans who struggle daily to get enough to eat. Nearly half of these people are children. A large number are elderly. But no matter who they are, or where they live, or why they are impoverished, there is no excuse for anyone to go hungry in America when so much food goes to waste.
U.S. Hunger Facts
Poverty is the leading cause of hunger in America. More than 40 million people in the United States live below the poverty line and are at risk of hunger.
More than 14 percent of U.S. households struggle to put enough food on the table. More than 48 million Americans—including 16.2 million children—live in these households. Source: Household Food Security in the United States, 2010 . U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September 2011. (Table 1A, Table 1B)
More than one in five children is at risk of hunger. Among African-Americans and Latinos, nearly one in three children is at risk of hunger. Source: Household Food Security in the United States, 2010 . U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September 2011. (Table 1B, Table 3).
Solving Hunger in America
There is not just one cause of hunger, which means there is not just one solution. But one thing is clear: hunger in America is solvable. It isn’t an issue of producing more food, because we produce more than enough to feed everyone already. It is instead an issue of will. The simple truth is that hunger exists in the United States because we Americans tolerate it.
Every American can do something to end hunger in the U.S. Involvement begins with being informed. Read the reports about hunger linked on this page and from other sources, and consider the solutions they propose. You can also get personally involved in helping those in need by providing financial assistance, and volunteering with our ministry.