Hunger in America
Millions of children and families living in America face hunger and food insecurity every day.
- Because of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 54 million people may face hardships and food insecurity in 2020, including an estimated 18 million children.
- According to the USDA’s latest Household Food Insecurity in the United States report, an excess of more than 35 million people in the United States struggled with hunger in 2019.
- Over 14.3 million American households were food insecure with limited or uncertain access to enough food in 2018.
- Most Households with children are more likely to experience food insecurity. Before the pandemic, more than 10 million children lived in food-insecure households.
- Families throughout the country struggle with food insecurity, all communities are affected, including rural and suburban communities.
- Many households that experience food accessibility hardships do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and must to rely on their local food banks and other charitable hunger relief organizations for support.