Hunger and poverty in America

Hunger in America is an economic issue. People are more likely to face hunger when they cannot afford food regularly.

However, not everyone who faces hunger lives at or below the poverty line. Many people who face hunger do not qualify for federal anti-hunger programs.

Facts about poverty and hunger in America

  • According to the Census, in 2022, nearly 38 million people lived in poverty.
  • Food insecurity and hunger are economic issues. The most common cause of food insecurity is a lower income.
  • Making ends meet with a lower income is more difficult if you are unemployed or employed in low-wage work, experience a financial emergency, have limited savings, and rent rather than own your home.
  • Communities of color, especially Black communities, experience hunger, poverty, and unemployment at much higher rates than white people. This is because of long-standing racial injustice that leads to barriers in education, employment, housing, and more.
  • People with a disability and chronic conditions are also more likely to experience hunger and lower incomes. Living with a disability or chronic condition may lead to higher medical costs, prevent people from working regularly, or make grocery shopping more difficult. And people living with disabilities face discrimination in employment.

Poverty Facts:

37.9 million

people live in poverty

11.5% of people

in the United States experience poverty

15% of children

lived in poverty in 2022

Source: United States Census Bureau