The 2016 Hunger Report by the Numbers

December 3, 2015

Each year since 2008, the number of food-insecure people in the United States has hovered between 48 million and 50 million, approximately one in six people in the country.

Food insecurity increases, by nearly 50 percent, a person’s chances of becoming a high-cost user of healthcare services within five years.

In 2014, the most recent year with complete data, 19.2 percent of U.S. households with children (7.5 million households) reported being food-insecure. In about half of these households, both adults and children were food-insecure.

A study of 14,000 children, using data collected at intervals between birth and the start of kindergarten, found that when mothers are moderately to severely depressed, the risk of child and household food insecurity increases by 50 percent to 80 percent.

Between 2001 and 2013, the threat of hunger among seniors increased by 45 percent. Food insecure seniors are 60 percent more likely than other seniors to experience depression. In 2014, food insecurity in the United States increased healthcare expenditures by $160.7 billion.

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