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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?

41.2 million Americans are living in food insecure households (41.2M).1
More than 12 million children are living in food insecure households (12.9M).1
From 2014-2016 the prevalence of food insecurity was higher than the national average in 15 states(AL AR AZ IN KY LA ME MS NC NM OH OK OR TX and WV). 1
Food insecurity rates were higher than the national average for households headed by blacks (23%) or hispanics (19%).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 2016.1 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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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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1Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M. P., Gregory, C., & Singh, A. (2017). Household Food Security in the United States in 2016. USDA ERS.

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