Food insecurity affects 1 in 6 people and nearly 1 in 5 children.

According to a 2012 report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 48.8 million people live in food insecure households with 16.1 million of these households having “very low food security.” What this means is that one or more people in the household were hungry over the course of the year because of the inability to afford enough food. Low food security was getting worse even before the recession – the number of people in this category in 2010 is nearly double the number in 2000.

Employment factors weigh heavily on one’s ability to have enough food

How many people do you know that have been affected by trying economic times? Friends, colleagues, neighbors – few have been immune to the economic ups and downs that have hit our country. This graph from the USDA Economic Research Service report, illustrates the significant impact that employment can have on food insecurity.

This problem is not unique to any one region, state, city or town.

While the District of Columbia (32.3%) and Oregon (29.2%) had the highest rates of children in households without consistent access to food, the sad truth is that every state has a population of children and families that, at some point in time, struggle to find their next meal.

Below are statistcs from some of the states where Meals of Hope has helped impact hunger.

2010 Food Insecurity Data compiled from Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap

Having access to nutritious food makes all the difference in some people’s lives.  You can make a difference.

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