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Hunter's Hidden Impact
Feeding America, the nation's largest charitable hunger-relief organization, provides these statistics on the effects of hunger. In the United States:
  • In 2013, 49.1 (15.8%) million or 1 in 6 people lived in food-insecure households compared to 49.0 million (15.9%) in 2012.
  • In 2013, 17.5 million (14.3%) or 1 in 7 households were food insecure compared to 17.6 million (14.5%) in 2012.
  • Very low food security among all households remained essentially unchanged, declining to 5.6% of all households, from 5.7% in 2012.
  • In 2013, 15.8 million (21.4%) children were living in food-insecure households compared to 15.9 million (21.6%) in 2012. In 2013, 7.5 million (19.5%) households with children were food insecure, slightly lower than the number of households in 2012 (20.0% of households with children).
According to the Food Bank for the Heartland, in Nebraska:
  • About 25,700 different people in Food Bank for the Heartland's service area receive emergency food assistance in any given week.
  • The Food Bank distributed nearly 15.8 million pounds of food to our agency partners and our direct programs during the 2013-2014 fiscal year.
  • Approximately 20 percent of children in Nebraska and western Iowa are at-risk for hunger.
  • Douglas County has the most children at-risk for hunger (26,110) followed by Sarpy County (7,920) in Nebraska.
  • Woodbury County has the most children at-risk for hunger (5,890) followed by Pottawattamie County (4,580) in Iowa.
  • 15 percent of Nebraskans reported at least one time in the past 12 months when they did not have enough money to buy food that they or their family needed.
  • 64 percent of clients served by Food Bank for the Heartland report having to choose between paying for food and utilities.
  • 57 percent have incomes below the federal poverty line.

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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