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About U.S. Hunger

We live in the world's wealthiest nation. Yet 14.5 percent of U.S. households—nearly 49 million Americans, including 15.9 million children—struggle to put food on the table.

In the United States, hunger is not caused by a scarcity of food, but rather the continued prevalence of poverty. Both issues must be addressed in our continued efforts to help those Jesus called "the least of these" (Matthew 25:45).

The most direct way to reduce hunger in the U.S. is through national nutrition programs. But while food assistance to hungry people is vital, it is not enough.

We as a nation must come together to confront hunger and poverty in the United States.

Use our resources below to learn more about the causes of U.S. hunger, and what we can do to end it once and for all.

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State-by-State Hunger Facts

State-by-State Hunger and Poverty Facts

Nearly 49 million Americans struggle to put food on the table. View a map of state-by-state hunger and poverty data.

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Hunger Report 2014: Ending Hunger in America / Photo by Joe Molieri

2014 Hunger Report

The 2014 Hunger Report proposes bold steps to end hunger in the United States by 2030.

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Counting Hungry People / Credit: Bread for the World

Hunger and Poverty Facts

Nearly 15 percent of U.S. households struggle to put food on the table. Get stats, figures, and reports on the state of U.S. hunger and poverty.

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Rosie from A Place at the Table / Credit: Bread for the World

Causes of Hunger in the U.S.

Hunger is a serious problem in the United States, and will never end as long as we have citizens living in poverty.

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Ricky Horton Farm / Photo by Laura Pohl

How to End Hunger in the U.S.

The most direct way to reduce hunger is through nutrition programs. But long-term progress requires broader efforts to reduce poverty.

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