Though the economy is improving since the Great Recession, many Americans are still struggling to make ends meet. Currently 42 million people in the U.S. face hunger — a crisis in which underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living are all playing a role.
That means for many of our neighbors, putting food on the table remains a daily struggle.
We recognize that hunger is a complex issue. When people face hunger, they often struggle to meet other basic needs as well — such as housing, employment and healthcare. That’s why Feeding America is committed to more than providing food for people in need. We also want to make progress toward ending hunger for good. To do this, Feeding America aims to meet people’s needs holistically by partnering with other organizations that address everything from homelessness to health care. Together, we can find the most innovative ways to help the people we serve and achieve a hunger-free America.
Federal and state food assistance is critical to ending hunger. Feeding America works hard to protect and promote government programs that help families facing hunger meet their basic nutritional needs. With your help, we can:
We can't do this essential work without you. Learn more about how we're advocating to protect people in need, and how you can get involved.
Food banks in the Feeding America network anticipate and adjust to the needs of the communities they serve. Distributing food to children, seniors and families in need is their first priority, but Feeding America member food banks also offer: