Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hunger in the U.S.A.

Hunger in the U.S.

Families in Crisis

It is a tragic reality that the United States, one of the richest nations in the world, is also plagued with a poverty-driven hunger crisis. The statistics tell the troubling story. In 2005:

Every day, millions of children in America go to bed hungry.

  • 12.9 million (17.8%) children under the age of 18 were in poverty

  • 20.5 million (11.3%) of people aged 18-64 were in poverty

  • Poverty is forcing millions of Americans into a hunger crisis. Their hunger emergency is defined by food insecurity, which is the lack of access to sufficient, safe and
    nutritious food to meet their dietary needs for an active and healthy life.2
    Families find themselves buying cheaper and less nutritious food, or cutting entire meals out of their diet, just to make ends meet. Increasing over time, this pattern leads to
    chronic malnutrition, affecting children and families in profoundly destructive ways.

    The Hidden Poor
    Working Poor
    Rural Poor

    Solving Hunger

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