Please explore the information below to learn more about the status of hunger in the United States. You might also be interested in learning about hunger in Missouri.
Household Food Insecurity in the United States
This report from the USDA presents statistics on households’ food security, food expenditures, and use of food and nutrition assistance programs.
Hunger in America 2014
Hunger in America is a series of quadrennial studies that provide comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance through the charitable sector and an in-depth analysis of the partner agencies in the Feeding America network that provide this assistance. It is the largest study of its kind. The data collected through the Hunger in America studies help guide the development of programs and solutions that improve food security for individuals and their households and inform public policy and support for solving hunger in America.
Hunger in America 2014 is the sixth and most comprehensive study undertaken. The 2014 study reveals that each year, the Feeding America network of food banks provides service to 46.5 million people across the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Through a network of 58,000 pantries, meal service programs, and other charitable food programs, the Feeding America network reaches people in need in every community across the U.S.
Food Insecurity and Obesity
This report highlights research on food insecurity and obesity and explores why food insecurity and obesity can co-exist.
Map the Meal Gap
Feeding America compiled this study, which takes an unprecedented look at hunger. Here you will find data for every state and county in America.
Food Deserts in America
This report from the USDA fills a request for a study of food deserts-areas with limited access to affordable and nutritious food-from the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. The report summarizes findings of a national-level assessment of the extent and characteristics of food deserts, analysis of the consequences of food deserts, lessons learned from related Federal programs, and a discussion of policy options for alleviating the effects of food deserts. Overall, findings show that a small percentage of consumers are constrained in their ability to access affordable nutritious food because they live far from a supermarket or large grocery store and do not have easy access to transportation.
Cost of Hunger
The Center for American Progress outlines the economic impact of hunger in America. This paper shows that hunger costs our nation at least $167.5 billion due to the combination of lost economic productivity per year, more expensive public education because of the rising costs of poor education outcomes, avoidable health care costs, and the cost of charity to keep families fed. This $167.5 billion does not include the cost of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and the other key federal nutrition programs, which run at about $94 billion a year.
The following links examine the increasing problem of childhood hunger in America.
Links between Childhood Adversity and Food Insecurity (Drexel University)
Food Insecurity in Households with Children (USDA)
The connection between food insecurity and childhood obesity
Pediatrician’s Resource (Food Research and Action Center)