- An estimate 35.1 million Americans are food insecure (low food
security and very low food security); meaning their access to
enough food is limited by a lack of money and other resources.
Of those 35.1 million, 22.7 million are adults (10.4 percent
of all adults) and 12.4 million are children (16.9 percent of
all children) (USDA/ERS Household Food Security in the United
- Ethnic breakdown (Feeding America, 2005):
- Non-Hispanic White: 40%
- Non-Hispanic Black: 38%
- Latino or Hispanic: 17%
- American Indian, Alaskan Native, Native Hawaiian or other
Pacific Islander: 6%
- According to the USDA, an estimated 12.4 million children lived
in food insecure households in 2005 (USDA/ERS, Household Food
Security in the United States, 2005).
- According to a recent hunger study, 66% of all food insecure
households have annual household incomes at or beneath the poverty
level (Hunger in America 2006; Table 126.96.36.199).
- The number of people below the poverty threshold numbered 36.5
million in 2006, a rate of 12.3% of all Americans (U.S. Census
Bureau, Income Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the
United States, 2006).
- More than one-third (35%) of food insecure households reported
having to choose between buying food and paying their rent or
mortgage (Hunger in America 2006, Table 6.5.1).
- In California, 11.7% of households were reported as being food
insecure in 2005 (FRAC, State of the States-California, 2007).