Yes, it might not seem like it but children in the United States suffer from childhood hunger. It is actually a huge epidemic here in the states. An epidemic we are trying to end. Let’s take a look at some of the statistics and facts about Childhood hunger that might surprise you.
- The USDA estimates that 42 million people in the United States are food insecure as of 2015. Of this number, 13,118,000 are children under age 18. That means 1 in 6 children live in a household without consistent access to adequate food.
- Every 3.6 seconds a person dies of hunger. 75% of them are children.
- A household that is food insecure has limited or uncertain access to enough food to support a healthy life.
- 62% of teachers say children in their classrooms are coming to school hungry.
- Food insecurity is most common in large cities but still exists in rural areas, suburbs and other outlying areas around large cities.
- The average food insecurity rate across all counties in 2015 was 14% for the overall population and 21% among children.
- 2,099,120 children, under 18, in California go to bed hungry.
- Lack of nutritious meals cause children to be sick more often and hospitalized more frequently.
- California has the 19th highest food insecurity rate for childhood hunger in the nation.
- Food insecurity exists in every county in America.
Our goal is to be feeding 1 Million meals a month to children in need across the United States. Together we will create change and build empathy. Now is the time we take care of our future generations.