Hunger Facts

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  3. Just One Meal photo50.2 million Americans (up from 35.5 million in 2006), including 17.2 million children, are hungry, do not have enough to eat on a regular basis, or don’t have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active, healthy lives.  

  4. More than 16 million children in America are at risk of hunger. That’s more than 1 in 5

  5. 15.7 million children in America live in poverty.

  6. 30 percent of households with Seniors indicated that they have had to choose between food and medical care and 35 percent had to choose between food and paying for heat/utilities.

  7. Nearly 1 million Seniors Living Alone do not have enough food to eat on a regular basis or rely on food banks and charities.

  8. Veterans are more than twice as likely to need help with food.

  9. A rise of about 6% in the price of groceries has led the poor to adopt a variety of survival strategies, from buying food that is beyond its expiration date to visiting food banks.

  10. About 33.7 million people in America participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) -- a program that provides monthly benefits to poor households to purchase approved food items from authorized food stores. According to the USDA, the average benefit per person was about $4 per day.

  11. 5.6 million households obtained emergency food from food pantries at least once during the last year.

  12. The USDA recently found that about 96 billion pounds of food available for human consumption in the United States were thrown away by retailers, restaurants, farmers and households over the course of one year. Fresh fruits and vegetables, fluid milk, grain products, and sweeteners accounted for 2/3 of these losses.

  13. Mission photo 1Hungry adults miss more work and consume more health care than those who don’t go hungry.

  14. Kids who experience hunger are more likely to suffer from anxiety, depression, behavior problems, and other illness.

  15. The total cost of hunger to American society is said to be about $90 billion a year. In contrast, it would only cost about $10 billion to $12 billion a year to virtually end hunger in our nation.

  16. Turkey Club America supports organizations that feed over six million children, families seniors and veterans every year.

  17. Join Turkey Club America today and give the cost of just one or two meals a month to help feed hungry children, families, seniors and veterans in America.
 

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