Hunger by the Numbers

September 19, 2017

Recent Progress Slows in Reducing Food Insecurity

In 2016, 12.3 percent of households in the U.S. — 41.2 million people — were food-insecure (most recent figures available) — meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year how they would provide for their
next meal.

The 2016 food-insecurity rate for households with children was nearly identical to 2015 and also continued to be significantly higher at 16.5 percent than for households without children (10.5 percent). The overall number of children living in food-insecure households remained at nearly 13 million in 2016.

Greater progress is needed to reach our country's goal of ending hunger by 2030. Action on a set of global goals, endorsed by the United States in 2015, which include ending hunger and poverty, ensuring good health and a quality education, providing access to decent work, reducing inequality, achieving gender equity, and confronting climate change, would accelerate progress by addressing hunger’s root causes.

Bread for the World urges policymakers to provide the funding necessary to meet the nutritional needs of all Americans and to make ending hunger and addressing its root causes a national priority.

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  • Grassroots Advocacy Toolkit

    A set of how-to sheets for carrying out advocacy and fact sheets on the current issues Bread for the World is working on.

    For new and current Bread grassroots hunger activists.

    Ideal as a starter toolkit for new Bread activists or as a set of updates for current activists.


  • Sentencing Reform and Corrections Act of 2017

    Unnecessarily long prison sentences, combined with the lack of rehabilitative programs for people in prison, exacerbate hunger, poverty, and existing inequalities.

    Overly harsh mandatory minimum prison sentences have contributed to the rapid increase of our country’s prison population. The...

  • Health Care Is a Hunger Issue

    Learn more about the principles that Bread for the World supports regarding health reform.