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The Surprising State of Hunger in America

Food insecurity affects millions of us every day

October 26, 2023

Food insecurity affects millions of us every day

The United States of America is one of the richest nations in the world, yet every day, 44 million people, including more than 13 million children (1 in 5), don’t have enough to eat.

Throughout the country, families and children who are experiencing poverty face economic challenges that make it difficult to get healthy, nutritious food. In an ideal world, all children and young people would be fed and have access to decent food. However, it’s not that simple. Here are some hard facts that tell the story.

The prevalence of hunger in America, known throughout the world as a land of plenty, is unacceptable. The government, businesses, and non-profits all have a role in ending hunger, and individuals can get involved, too — whether you donate, volunteer, or advocate for change. Comic Relief US is addressing food insecurity in America, partnering with organizations working in all 50 states, including Feeding America, Grow Dat Youth Farm, Latino Memphis, The Concilio and the Tejano Center for Community Concerns.

This post was originally published on September 5, 2023.

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