As the world’s population continues to grow, so does the need for food aid.

World hunger statistics:

  • There are 150,000 more people on the earth every day.
  • 1 in 8 people are malnourished.
  • 870 million people worldwide live in chronic hunger.
  • Hunger and malnutrition is the number one risk to health worldwide — greater than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined.
  • 129 million children under 5 years old in the developing world are underweight — nearly one in four.  Ten percent of children in the developing world are severely underweight.
  • Poor nutrition plays a role in at least half of the 7.6 million child deaths each year.

World Food Programme, 2009 states:

  • Out of the 1.02 billion who are hungry, more than 907 million of them live in developing countries.
  • In 2007, the number of undernourished people in the world increased by 75 million, primarily due to the increase in food prices.
  • 60% of the 10.9 million child deaths in developing countries are related to hunger and/or malnutrition.

Hunger in America:

USDA states:

  • In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children.
  • In 2010, 14.5 percent of households (17.2 million households) were food insecure.
  • In 2010, 5.4 percent of households (6.4 million households) experienced very low food security.
  • In 2010, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.2 percent compared to 11.7 percent.
  • In 2010, 4.8 percent of all U.S. households (5.6 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times.
  • In 2010, 59.2 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs –Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. Source: (Rhoda Cohen, J., Mabli, F., Potter, Z., Zhao. Mathematica Policy Research, Feeding America. Hunger in America 2010.)

Hunger in Iowa

  • 1 in 8 people are food insecure.
  • 1 in 6 Iowa children does not have enough to eat.
  • 359,469 Iowans live at or below the poverty level.

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