Hunger and Poverty State Fact Sheets (2016)

February 24, 2016
Hungriest 10 states in the U.S. (2016). Infographic by Doug Puller/Bread for the World

A one-page fact sheet for each state plus Washington, D.C., providing these indicators of hunger and poverty:

  • the proportion of households in the state that struggle to put food on the table
  • the percentage of households in the state that have at least one wage earner but still need SNAP assistance to live
  • number in the state who are employed but still living in poverty
  • proportion in the state of: children living in poverty; women living in poverty; Blacks and Latinos living in poverty


The fact sheets also provide:

  • recommendations for ending hunger and poverty
  • statistics that show that ending hunger is important to voters

How can I use these fact sheets?

These fact sheets are ideal for printing out, photocopying, and to distributing to voters, candidates, and elected officials at:

  • campaign rallies
  • town hall meetings
  • meetings with members of Congress or their staff

For 2016, these are the states that rank highest for hunger:

1. Mississippi
2. Arkansas
3. Louisiana
4. Kentucky
5. Texas
6. Ohio
7. (tie) Alabama and Missouri
8. North Carolina
9. Oklahoma

Also see:

Bread's Congressional Voting Record by State

These records, broken down by state, detail the support of legislation addressing both domestic and international issues. It shows how representatives and senators co-sponsored (or not) legislation and how they voted on legislation.

from our Resource Library

For Education

  • The Nourishing Effect

    Hunger and food insecurity add at least $160 billion a year to U.S. healthcare costs.

  • Budget 101: Block Grants, Flexibility, and Per Capita Caps

    Recent congressional budget proposals and plans to reduce poverty include options for changing the structure of current social programs from “entitlements,” which provide sufficient funding to address the needs of everyone who meets the eligibility requirements to “block grants,” which provide...

  • Key African American Contributions to Ending Hunger and Poverty

    Leaders from the African-American community have helped our country and other nations inch ever closer to the goal of ending hunger and poverty by 2030. Key contributions by African-Americans throughout this century can be found below.


For Faith

  • The Bible on Health as a Hunger Issue

    A brief examination of the biblical approach to health as a hunger issue.

    Includes an introduction to the issue, a Scriptural reflection, practical actions you can take, and a prayer.

  • Bread Newsletter January 2016

    In this issue: Another Great Year for Bread; Catholics Begin Observance of Holy Year of Mercy; Serving on ‘God’s Wave Length’ for 39 Years; and more.

  • Interfaith Religious Leaders’ Pledge to End Hunger

    A wide array of the nation’s faith leaders have come together on the eve of Pope Francis’ arrival in the United States to commit ourselves to encourage our communities to work for the end of hunger by 2030 and, toward that end, for a shift in U.S. national priorities.

    We are deeply pleased...

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