Hunger and Poverty Facts
Salt Lake City,
It’s a terrible feeling as a mom but it’s a reality. Do you get the medicine? Do you get the fresh food? Do you get the shoes, or do you send them to school in November with sandals?
Brittany wants to give her children everything, but she couldn’t always afford the healthiest food. When the Utah food bank brought fresh produce and dairy to her neighborhood, it helped her family get back on their feet.
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 2017:
- 40 million people struggle with hunger in the United States, including more than 12 million children.
- A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
- Households with children were more likely to be food insecure than those without children
- 58% of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the major federal food assistance program — the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly Food Stamps); the National School Lunch Program and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (often called WIC)