One in seven American households is food insecure, which means they are uncertain if they will have enough food to meet the needs of all their family members.*
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, in 2013 some 15.8 million U.S. children lived in food insecure households. Hunger contributes to a host of health problems including weight loss and increased vulnerability to colds and childhood diseases while raising the risk of developing a wide range of chronic illnesses. Children who are hungry are more likely to be absent from school and unable to concentrate or successfully interact with others in the classroom setting.**
In an effort to address these dire statistics, throughout 2014 we partnered with 20 food banks and other key organizations in our communities to eliminate food insecurity and remove barriers to adequate nutrition. Our partners report that more than 700 tons of food has been distributed across our states through these efforts, benefiting more than 460,000 adults and 126,000 children.
*U.S. Department of Agriculture
**Hunger Action Network of New York State