Ending Hunger

Why Are People in Need of Food Assistance?

Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Poverty is only one of many factors associated with food insecurity. Higher unemployment, lower household assets, and certain demographic characteristics also lead to a lack of access to adequate, nutritious food.

Ohio was among eight states that exhibited statistically significantly higher household food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average 2011-2013, with a food insecurity rate of 16%. Muskingum County, Ohio reported a 17% food insecurity rate with 58% of the population below the 130% poverty level.*

New Data from USDA Shows 49 Million People (16 Million Children) are Food Insecure in the US

The United States Department of Agriculture reported in September 2014 that 14 percent of American households remain food insecure – meaning 1 in 7 households in the United States had difficulty at some time during the year in providing enough food for all their members.

Christ’s Table is a partner with Feeding America, which is a nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, they provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America.

Client households frequently face difficult decisions in an effort to ensure they have sufficient food. Some of the reasons people needed food assistance follow:

*69% had to choose between food and utilities.

* 67% had to choose between food and transportation.

* 66% had to choose between food and medical care.

* 57% had to choose between food and housing.

* 31% had to choose between food and education.

* 79% purchase inexpensive unhealthy food.

* 56% eat food past the expiration date.

* 53% receive help from friends or family.

* 40% water down food or drinks.

* 35% sell or pawn personal property.

Statistics taken from Feeding America Landmark Hunger Report. www.feedingamerica.org


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