Hunger and poverty often go hand in hand, but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. People living above the poverty line are often at risk of hunger as well. Research demonstrates that unemployment, rather than poverty, is a better predictor of food insecurity among people living in the United States.
The most recent government data collected show that in 2013,
- 45.3 million people (15 percent) were in poverty, including 14.7 million (20 percent) children under the age of 18.
- 49.1 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, including nearly 16 million children.
According to the Feeding America Hunger in America 2014 study,
- Based on annual income, 72 percent of all Feeding America client households live at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line.
- The median annual household income of Feeding America clients is $9,175.
- More than half of client households (54 percent) report at least one employed person at some point in the past year.