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Hunger and Poverty Fact Sheets

The mission of Bread's website is to educate visitors about hunger and inspire them to take action by contacting their leaders and building a movement to end hunger by giving to Bread. Browse Bread's fact sheets on a variety of subjects.


While hunger is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa (265 million people suffer from hunger, about 30 percent of the population), there have been promising gains.

Getting Involved with Advocacy

Town hall meetings with your members of Congress are excellent venues to ask them questions about creating a circle of protection around programs vital for hungry and poor people in the U.S. and abroad.

Global Hunger and Poverty

Worldwide, the number of hungry people has dropped significantly over the past two decades, but 795 million people continue to struggle with hunger every day.

Hunger and Poverty Basics

Over 50 million Americans struggle to put food on the table, while 900 million people suffer from hunger worldwide.

Hunger and Poverty in the African-American Community

African-Americans continue to suffer disproportionately from hunger, poverty, unemployment, and income and education disparities when compared with the U.S. population as a whole.

Hunger and Poverty in the Asian-American Community

In 2008, the poverty rate among Asian-Americans was 11.8 percent, compared with 13.2 percent in the United States overall.

Hunger and Poverty in the Latino Community

The Latino community is the largest ethnic minority group in the country, and the food insecurity and poverty figures for Latinos are astonishingly high.

Hunger and Poverty Among Older Americans

Hunger has become a harsh reality for many baby boomers entering retirement over the past few years.

Hunger and the U.S. Budget

Only 14 percent of our federal budget goes to domestic social safety net programs, not including Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.


Unauthorized immigrants due to their ambiguous legal status—and despite high rates of employment—suffer disproportionately from hunger and poverty.

Mass Incarceration

Bread believes that reforming our country’s mass incarceration policies and practices is crucial to ending hunger and poverty.

Maternal and Child Nutrition

The 1,000-day period between pregnancy and a child’s second birthday is a unique opportunity to shape a healthier, more prosperous future for children.

Poverty-Focused Development Assistance

Though PFDA comprises less than 1 percent of the entire federal budget, it provides lifesaving programs for millions of hungry and poor people.

Private Charities

Each congregation in the United States would need to spend $50,000 per year for the next ten years to feed the people who would be affected by proposed cuts to federal food programs.

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Enrollment in SNAP has almost doubled over the past five years as more people struggle to make ends meet.

U.S. Food Security

In 2011, 14.9 percent of households in theUnited States were food insecure—meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year of how they would provide for their next meal.

U.S. Hunger and Poverty

15.0 percent of the population, or more than one in 7 Americans, lived below the poverty line in 2011.

Women and Agriculture

Rural women and girls face persistent structural constraints that prevent them from fully enjoying their human rights, and hamper their efforts to improve their lives and the lives of those around them.

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