One In Seven Americans Depends On Food Banks To Survive

by: Daniel Baker

Around 46 million Americans now regularly depend on food banks and soup kitchens to keep themselves and their families from going hungry.

That figure accounts for one-out-of-seven people in the United States, and the need for these facilities is growing – despite the alleged current ‘economic recovery’ we hear so much about in the media.

And as our nation continues to spend millions per day on military operations in foreign countries, food assistance programs at home are being defunded.


“From November 1st, $5 billion was wiped off the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) as a result of a planned stimulus withdrawal. Almost 50 million Americans who are supported by the program face an average loss of $36 dollars a month, which is a significant amount for those living near the poverty line. Additional cuts are also in the pipeline.”

Feeding America

Feeding America is a non-profit organization whose 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.” The organization is “the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization,” and coordinates 200 food banks across the country, which are helping to meet the nutritional needs of 46.5 million people – including 12 million children and 7 million senior citizens.

Every four years, Feeding America publishes the Hunger in America report, the largest such study, which is designed to “help guide the development of programs and solutions that improve food security for individuals and their households and inform public awareness and policy development for addressing hunger in the United States.”

The Hunger in America 2014 report contains some rather surprising and sobering statistics that shed light on just how serious the problem has become.

Among the findings regarding Feeding America households:

84% of Feeding America households are regularly ‘food insecure’
89% of Feeding America households with children are ‘food insecure’
79% of these households report the purchasing of “inexpensive, unhealthy food” to keep from going hungry
1 out of 5 have a household member who has served in the military
1 in 4 have a household member currently serving in the military

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