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.

Tools
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.

  • Mass Incarceration: A Major Cause of Hunger

    Mass incarceration has far-reaching effects in the United States. It poses a significant barrier to ending U.S. hunger and poverty by 2030—a goal the United States adopted in 2015. But the connection is not always obvious.

  • Advancing Nutrition through Food Aid Reform

    The United States has long been a global leader in responding to humanitarian emergencies. Food assistance that includes nutritious food for pregnant women and young children is both a life-and-death matter for individuals and an economic imperative for countries.

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

  • 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.