Karen Hanover endorses Feeding America because their mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. Many people believe that hunger only affects a certain population or area. In fact, hunger in the US affects the whole country’s ability to thrive.
Karen Hanover endorses Feeding America because poverty and hunger in America often go hand in hand, but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. People living above the poverty line are often at risk of hunger as well. Research demonstrates that unemployment, rather than poverty, is a better predictor of food insecurity among people living in the United States.
Why Karen Hanover endorses Feeding America
The most recent government statistics on poverty collected show that in 2015,
- 43.1 million people (13.5 percent) were in poverty, including 14.5 million (20 percent) children under the age of 18.
- 42.2 million Americans lived in food-insecure households, including more than 13 million children.
According to the Feeding America Hunger in America 2014 study,
- Based on annual income, 72 percent of all Feeding America client households live at or below 100 percent of the federal poverty line.
- The median annual household income of Feeding America clients is $9,175.
- More than half of client households (54 percent) report at least one employed person at some point in the past year.
If you are interested in viewing more general facts and statistics on hunger and poverty, view the Feeding America Hunger and Poverty Fact Sheet.
Karen Hanover endorses Feeding America because hunger hurts everyone, but it is especially devastating in childhood because hunger deprives kids of more than just food.On empty stomachs, kids don’t have the energy to focus, engage, learn and grow. Yet, this is the reality for 1 in 6 children in the U.S. who worry about when they’ll have their next meal.
Karen Hanover endorses Feeding America because of child hunger in America
84% of households with at least one child served by the Feeding America network report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if it wasn’t the healthiest option to provide enough food for the household.
20% of food-insecure children live in households that earn too much to qualify for most federal nutrition assistance—these families rely on charitable organizations like Feeding America to make ends meet.
Karen Hanover endorses Feeding America because of Senior Hunger
More than 5 million senior citizens age 60 and older face hunger. Seniors face a number of unique medical and mobility challenges that put them at a greater risk of hunger. After a lifetime of hard work, many find themselves struggling with health issues on fixed incomes. Many of these individuals are forced to choose between paying for groceries and buying medicine.Feeding America addresses the unique challenges of senior hunger through interventions that take into account the health status, medication needs, transportation, physical limitations and dietary restrictions of older Americans. As the proportion of people over the age of 60 continues to grow, Feeding America continues to develop innovative initiatives to get more food to more seniors in need.
In addition to the senior population, evidence shows that older adults who are slightly younger – including those in their 50s – may be particularly vulnerable to certain health and nutrition challenges at higher rates than older seniors.
- 7 million individuals served by Feeding America each year are seniors age 60 or older.
- Additionally, the network also serves nearly 6 million “older adults” ages 50-59.
- More than 33 percent of client households have at least one member who is age 60 or older.
- 63 percent of client households with seniors report making choices between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.
- Two out of five (41%) client households with an adult age 50 and older have at least one member with diabetes, and more than two-thirds (70%) of client households with an older adult have at least one member who has high blood pressure . These rates increase with age. However, among older adult clients, those who are younger report significant health challenges. Fifty-nine percent of those ages 50 to 64 described their own health as fair or poor, a higher rate than that of seniors ages 65 to 74 (53 percent) and age 75 and older (51 percent).
Karen Hanover endorses Feeding America and you should too!