Hunger in America

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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.

PDF ButtonNew from the USDA in 2018 – “The Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2017 Annual Report”
This report uses preliminary data from USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service to examine trends in U.S. food and nutrition assistance programs through fiscal 2017. It also summarizes two recent ERS reports: one on trends in the prevalence and severity of U.S. household food insecurity through 2016 and another on the contribution of SNAP benefits to household food spending. 23 pages.  See Summary of this report.

PDF ButtonNew from MAZON in 2018 – “A Tipping Point: Leveraging Opportunities to Improve the Nutritional Quality of Food Bank Inventory”
The charitable food system in the United States provides more than 4 billion meals to over 46 million people each year. Many of these people are also struggling with chronic diet-related health conditions, including type 2 diabetes, heart disease, hypertension and obesity. In response, food banks nationwide have taken great strides to meet the nutritional needs of the people they
serve. The aim of the National Food Bank Survey was to scan the landscape and assess how and to what extent nutrition is being addressed by food banks, and the proportion of healthy versus unhealthy foods being distributed in the charitable food system. A total of 196 food banks completed the survey. 22 pages.

USDA U.S. Household Food (In)Security Data for 2016PDF Button
(September 2017) An estimated 87.7 percent of American households were food secure throughout the entire year in 2016, meaning they had access at all times to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. The remaining households (12.3 percent) were food insecure at least some time during the year, including 4.9 percent with very low food security, meaning that at times the food intake of one or more household members was reduced and their eating patterns were disrupted because the household lacked money and other resources for obtaining food.

Solving Hunger in America

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.

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.