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SOURCE Feeding America
"Hunger in America 2014" Study Reveals the Current Face of Hunger
CHICAGO, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- One in seven Americans, more than 46 million people, including 12 million children, rely on food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families, according to a new study released today by Feeding America, the nation's largest provider of charitable food assistance to low-income Americans.
Hunger in America 2014 is the largest and most comprehensive study of people seeking food assistance in the United States ever conducted. More than 60,000 people confidentially answered questions about their personal circumstances for the study.
The study represents findings from 200 Feeding America food banks, which annually provide more than 3 billion meals to people facing hunger through 58,000 food pantries and meal service programs that serve every community in the nation.
The study documents household demographics and offers a snapshot of the people served by Feeding America food banks – their circumstances, the challenges they face and the choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited household incomes. It is also the first nationally-representative study that assesses the prevalence of past and current members of the U.S. Military* and adult students receiving charitable food assistance.
"The results from this historic study are truly alarming. Many of the people we serve struggle not only to get enough to eat, but also to keep a roof over their heads, the lights on in their homes, and to cover their healthcare and medicine costs," said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. "Hunger in America 2014 highlights the enormous hardships faced by the millions of low-income families who rely on the Feeding America network for help."
Key statistics from the report include:
WIDESPREAD USE OF FOOD ASSISTANCE ACROSS THE UNITED STATES
MILITARY SERVICE AND FOOD ASSISTANCE
CLIENTS STRUGGLING WITH HEALTH ISSUES
LOW WAGES, UNDEREMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT MAY DRIVE NEED
"The Hunger in America 2014 findings demonstrate the urgent need for all of us to address hunger in our communities," said Aiken. "This data provides a factual basis for decisions about how we as a nation approach hunger relief and protect our most vulnerable citizens."
Hunger in America 2014 was conducted using rigorous academic research standards and was peer reviewed by a technical advisory team including researchers from American University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Urban Institute. Confidential responses were collected on touchscreen tablets by more than 6,000 trained data collectors, most of whom were volunteers.
The study was funded by The Howard G. Buffett Foundation.
Join our press call today, August 18, at 12:00 p.m. ET, here: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/feeding_america~081814. After the live event, this link will hold the archived recording. If unable to stream audio, listen via telephone by calling toll-free 877.612.2957 with conference ID 87420608.
* Military as defined by the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard and their Reserve Components.
**Source: United States Department of Defense. 2012 Demographics Report: Profile of the Military Community. Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy. 2012.
About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through food pantries and meal programs in communities throughout America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit http://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.
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