Hunger Facts and Stats
U.S. Poverty Statistics
- In 2009, 43.6 million people (14.3 percent) were in poverty.
- In 2009, 8.8 million families (11.1 percent) were in poverty.
- In 2009, 24.7 million (12.9 percent) people aged 18-64 were in poverty.
- In 2009, 15.5 million (20.7 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
- In 2009, 3.4 million (8.9 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
To be considered as living in poverty one must make less than the below amounts:
Persons in Family Yearly Income
For families with more than 8 persons, add $3,740 for each additional person.
U.S. Hunger Statistics on Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security
- In 2008, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.4 million adults and 16.7 million children.
- In 2008, 14.6 percent of households (17.1 million households) were food insecure, an increase from 11.1 (13 million households) in 2007.
- In 2008, 5.7 percent of households (6.7 million households) experienced very low food insecurity, an increase from 4.1 percent in 2007.
- In 2008, households with children reported food insecurity at almost double the rate of those without children, 21 percent compared to 11.3 percent.
- In 2008, 8.1 percent of households with seniors (2.3 million households) were food insecure.
* Food insecurity is defined by the lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members; limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.
* Very low food insecurity is defined as an involuntary state that results in eating patterns of one or more household members being disrupted and food intake reduced, because the household could not afford enough food.