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GET THE FACTS ABOUT HUNGER

What is food insecurity, or what we commonly refer to as hunger? It's when families, children and individuals periodically don't have access to nutritious food—or enough food at all. Food assistance programs alone can't bridge that gap. That's why the fight against hunger needs you.

Did You Know?

42 million Americans are living in food insecure households (42.2M).1
1 in 8 Americans is living in a food insecure household (13%).1
More than 13 million children are living in food insecure households (13.1M).1
In 2015
food insecurity rates were higher than the national average for households headed by blacks (21.5%) or hispanics (19.1%).1
From 2012-2015
the prevalence of food insecurity was higher than the national average in 12 states (AL
AR
KY
LA
ME
MS
NC
OH
OK
OR
TN
and TX).1
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Child Hunger in America: Feeding the Young Ones

Children were food insecure at times during the year in 17 percent of U.S. households with children in 2015.1 Not having access to enough food can be devastating for kids—meaning not only are they at risk for hunger today, but they're also at risk for not developing to their full potential tomorrow.

Get More Child Hunger Facts From Feeding America 
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School Breakfasts: A Bright Start to the Day

Millions of school children across the U.S. count on federally provided breakfasts to get the day off to a strong start. Starting the day with a nutritious breakfast has been linked to a range of health benefits, from lower obesity to better adjustment in the classroom.

Find Out More About the Benefits of Starting the Day Healthy 
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SNAP: Feeding Struggling Families and Communities

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly the Food Stamp Program) is the nation's largest domestic food and nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans.

Find Out More About How SNAP Helps 

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Deliver Smiles in a few Miles

The Home-Delivered Meal Program is looking for volunteers to deliver a weekday noontime hot nutritious meal and a friendly smile to seniors confined to their homes. For as little as 1 hour per week or month, your good deed will touch the hearts of our homebound older adults across the county....

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Serve Seniors with a Smile

Seven County Lunch Programs seek volunteers to serve a weekday noontime hot nutritious meal and the gift of friendship to older adults. No driving required, the meals are served at a center or independent living facility. For as little as 2 hours per week, your good deed will touch the hearts of our...

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Work in a Garden and Help People with Autism Learn Valuable Job Skills

Legacy Farms offers a variety of volunteer opportunities in the areas of vocational rehabilitation, gardening, marketing and fundraising, nonprofit management, and more. By becoming a volunteer, you will enjoy a fulfilling experience while helping to further the Legacy Farms mission and objectives. ...

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From Hunger to Hope: Stories of Success

Across the country, millions have made a difference in the fight against hunger. Get inspired by stories from volunteers and organizations fighting hunger

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Build Capacity, Inspire Change

Together with our six nonprofit partners, Hunger Volunteer Connection is working in Chicago, Orlando, Houston, Dallas and Jacksonville to expand strategic volunteerism. The goal? To engage 5,000 more volunteers in the fight against hunger.

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1 Household Food Security in the United States in 2015, ERR-215, USDA, Economic Research Service (Sept. 2016)

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