For people facing hunger, poverty is just one issue

Before the coronavirus pandemic, 35 million experienced hunger. Poverty is one of the factors that affect a person's ability to have enough food to meet their needs. Yet up to two-thirds of people facing hunger have incomes above the federal poverty line.

Facts about poverty and hunger in America

Even in the world’s greatest food-producing nation, children and adults face poverty and hunger in every county across America.

  • In 2019, 34 million people lived in poverty in America. For a family of four, that means earning just $25,000 per year.
  • Before the coronavirus pandemic, more than 35 million people struggled with hunger in the United States, including more than 10 million children.
  • A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
  • Children are more likely to face food insecurity than any other group in the United States. 
  • The coronavirus pandemic has left millions of families without stable employment. More than 50 million people, including 17 million children, may experience food insecurity.

Feeding America works to lift people out of poverty

More than half of the households that the Feeding America network serves receive SNAP benefits, and nearly all Feeding America households with school-aged children receive free or reduced-priced lunch. Participation in these federal programs is just one indicator of how great the need is among the people we serve. Thankfully, there is a Feeding America network foodbank that touches every single county in the country.

Give to Feeding America today

For every dollar donated, the Feeding America network of food banks can secure and distribute at least 10 meals to people facing hunger — including those fighting through poverty.

Donate Now