In the United States:
- Fifteen percent of all Americans live in poverty.
- 14.5 percent of households (17.6 million households) are food insecure, which means they do not have access to enough food to meet their basic needs. In 2012, 49 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.1 million adults and 15.9 million children.
- In 2011, 4.8 million seniors (over age 60), or 8.4% of all seniors were food insecure.
For a snapshot of Hunger in America, see the Map the Meal Gap
Released by Feeding America in 2012, the map details hunger statistics in every county in the U.S. shows that children continue to struggle with hunger in every county in the nation. More than 1,000 counties have more than one in four children who are at risk of hunger.