Resources to Understand 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.

The resources below may help you understand hunger issues in America. The resources in the top table are PDFs, and they can be downloaded using the form on this page. The resources in the lower table are websites — visit them by clicking the 'Website' links.


A Tipping Point: Leveraging Opportunities to Improve the Nutritional Quality of Food Bank InventoryThe 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.
An approach to responsible food usage in your life(National Resources Defense Council, 2011)
Estimating & Addressing America's Food LossesThe landmark 1997 report estimating food loss in America's food system
Good Laws, Good FoodPutting Local Food Policy to Work for Our Communities (Harvard Law Food and Policy Clinic and John Hopkins Center for a Livable Future, September 2017) 174 pages
The Food Assistance Landscape: FY 2017 Annual ReportThis 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
Saving Water: From Field to Fork(Stockholm International Water Institute)
Up to 40% of Our Food is Wasted(National Resources Defense Council, 2012)
USDA U.S. Household Food (In)Security Data for 2016(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.

Website Links

Sodexo Foundation Report
finds hunger costs far more than it would take to ensure that no citizen is at risk of hunger
United States Hunger and Poverty Facts
(World Hunger Education Service) – compilation of many different studies

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