April 28, 2017

New Analysis Reveals 10 Hungriest States in the U.S

Infographic shows the 10 states with the highest rates of hunger and poverty. Infographic by Doug Puller / Bread for the World

Washington, D.C. – New analysis by Bread for the World of the latest hunger data has revealed the 10 hungriest states in the United States. To accompany the analysis, Bread for the World has created a new infographic mapping out those 10 hungriest states.

Based on data from 2016, the 10 hungriest states in the U.S. are, in order, beginning with the hungriest: Mississippi; Arkansas; Louisiana; Alabama and Kentucky (tie); Ohio and Oregon (tie); North Carolina; Maine; and Oklahoma.  

“The United States and the world have made substantial progress against hunger and poverty over the last several decades,” said Rev. David Beckmann, president of Bread for the World. “Yet this data shows that we still have a long way to go. Elected officials must support programs and policies that strengthen families and make it easier for people to work.”   

In the U.S., more than 42 million Americans struggle with hunger, including 13 million children. On average, 12.7 percent of U.S. households are at risk of hunger. In Mississippi, the hungriest state in the U.S., 20.8 percent of households are at risk of hunger.

Bread’s analysis found that the best way to end hunger is with a good, family-sustaining job. Any new bills and programs considered by Congress must put the needs of vulnerable families and communities first.

Likewise, any tax reform legislation should strengthen earned income and child tax credits to ensure that low-income workers and families are not taxed into poverty. Lawmakers must also protect safety-net programs that help families struggling to make ends meet -- such as SNAP (formerly food stamps), WIC, and Medicaid. 

Tools
from our Resource Library

For Education

  • Election Resources

    One of the best times to raise the issues of hunger and poverty is during election campaigns. Engage candidates in your state/district on hunger and poverty using our elections resources.
  • U.S. Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets

    These fact sheets provide a snapshot of hunger and poverty in the United States and in each state plus Washington, D.C. 

  • Conflict and Fragility Are Hunger Issues

     Conflict is a main driver of the recent increase in hunger around the world and of forced migration. Hunger also contributes to conflict. 

For Faith

  • Unity Declaration on Racism and Poverty

    A diverse body of Christian leaders calls on the churches and Congress to focus on the integral connection.

    Dear Members of Congress,

    As the president and Congress are preparing their plans for this year, almost 100 church leaders—from all the families of U.S. Christianity—are...

  • In Times Like These … A Pan-African Christian Devotional for Public Policy Engagement

    This devotional guide invites deepened relationship with and among Pan-Af­rican people and elected leaders in the mission to end hunger and poverty.

  • Sermon by David Beckmann at Duke University Chapel

    Remarks delivered October 1, 2017 at Duke University Chapel in Chapel Hill in North Carolina.

    Thank you for inviting me to preach here at Duke University Chapel. And I especially want to thank the Bread for the World members who have come this morning.

    Bruce Puckett urged...

For Advocacy

  • Fact Sheet: Why We Need $200 Million for Global Nutrition Programs

    Bread for the World and its partners are asking Congress to provide $200 million for global nutrition in the fiscal year 2020 budget. 

  • Fact Sheet: Hunger by the Numbers

    In 2017, 11.8 percent of households in the U.S.—40 million people—were food-insecure, meaning that they were unsure at some point during the year about how they would provide for their next meal.

  • 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...

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