Facts about Hunger in the United States

SOURCE: http://www.feedingamerica.org/

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Get the facts about hunger in the United States

Though many of us may not realize the grave disparities that exist in our own communities, people struggle with hunger in every county and congressional district in the United States. They could be our neighbors, kids in our children's classes – the possibilities go on.

What Hunger Looks Like in the United States

In the United States, 41,204,000 people are struggling with hunger - and of them 12,938,000are children.

1 in 8 people

struggles with hunger.

1 in 6childrenstruggles with hunger.
People facing hunger inthe United Statesare estimated to report needing$22,267,592,013more per year to meet their food needs.

The average cost of a meal in the United States is $2.94. Data from Feeding America's Map the Meal Gap 2016 study. Learn more ›

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the United States

Charitable programs are unable to fully support those struggling with hunger. The combination of charity and government assistance programs are necessary to help bridge the meal gap.

SNAP, formerly food stamps, provides temporary help for people going through hard times – providing supplemental money to buy food until they can get back on their feet.

In the United States,

43%of households receiving SNAP benefits havechildren
distributed through 
SNAP generated
$113,116,895,000in economic activity*.

*Economists estimate that every dollar a household redeems through SNAP generates about $1.70 in economic activity.

Make a Difference 


The Feeding America network is able to reach 46 million people, largely thanks to the commitment of volunteers. Our communities are stronger when we join together – help give your neighbors a hand up by volunteering at your local food bank.

Pledge to volunteer ›

Become an Advocate

To make progress toward ending hunger in the United States, we need to make sure our lawmakers in Washington are fighting for those struggling back home. You can help make sure they see how great the need is in the United States – tell your member of Congress to visit a local food bank.

Contact your member of Congress today ›