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Hunter's Hidden Impact
Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization, provides these statistics on the effects of hunger. In the United States:
  • One in five children is hungry or at risk of hunger every year.
  • More than 17 million children in the United States live in low-food-secure households.
  • According to the Hunger in America study, 37 million Americans seek food assistance each year:
    • 15.9 million children lived in food insecure households in 2012.
    • 20% or more of the child population in 37 states and D.C. lived in food insecure households in 2011, according to the most recent data available. New Mexico (30.6%) and the District of Columbia (30.0%) had the highest rates of children in households without consistent access to food.
    • In 2011, the top five states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 18 are New Mexico, the District of Columbia, Arizona, Oregon, and Georgia.
    • In 2011, the top five states with the lowest rate of food insecure children under 18 are North Dakota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Minnesota.
According to the Food Bank for the Heartland, in Nebraska:
  • Kids Cafe is one of the nation’s largest free meal service programs for children, the Omaha/Council Bluffs area has more than 20 locations.
  • In Douglas County alone, nearly 25,000 children live below the poverty line.
  • One out of every five children across the nation is impacted by child hunger.
  • Food Bank for the Heartland will distribute over 13 million pounds of food this year.
  • Food Bank for the Heartland serves 285 agencies in Nebraska and western Iowa.
  • $1 donation to the Food Bank can provide 3 meals for those in need.
  • More than 250,000 people in the Heartland benefit from Food Bank for the Heartland.
  • Hunger and poor nutrition affect a child's cognitive development.

Source: Data from Feeding America's 2010 Hunger in America Survey
and Map the Meal Gap: Child Food Insecurity 2011

Source: Child Food Insecurity in the United States:

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