What do you know about food insecurity in the U.S.? Feeding America‘s Hunger Study 2010 revealed some alarming statistics. For example:
- Feeding America is annually providing food to 37 million Americans, including 14 million children. This is an increase of 46 percent over 2006, when they were feeding 25 million Americans, including 9 million children, each year.
- That means one in eight Americans now rely on Feeding America for food and groceries.
- Feeding America’s nationwide network of food banks, which includes the Eastern Illinois Foodbank in Urbana, is feeding 1 million more Americans each week than we did in 2006.
- Thirty-six percent of the households they serve have at least one person working.
- More than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities and medical care.
- The number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50 percent since 2006.
Learn more about hunger in America from the Hunger Study 2010.