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[DID YOU KNOW...]

870 million people do not have enough to eat and 98 percent of them live in developing countries. (Source: FAO news release,2012) Asia and Oceania are home to around 564 million of the world's hungry people.
(Source: FAO news release,2012)

Women make up a little over half of the world's population, but they account for over 60 percent of the world's hungry.
(Source: Strengthening efforts to eradicate hunger..., ECOSOC, 2007)

Almost 15% of the population among developing countries is undernourished, or about 850 million people.
(Source: FAO news release, 2012)

Undernutrition contributes to five million deaths of children under five each year in developing countries.
(Source: Under five deaths by cause, UNICEF, 2006)

One out of four children - roughly 146 million - in developing countries is underweight
(Source: The State of the World's Children, UNICEF, 2007)

More than 70 percent of the world's underweight children (aged five or less) live in just 10 countries, with more than 50 per cent located in South Asia alone;
(Source: Progress for Children: A Report Card on Nutrition, UNICEF, 2006)

10.9 million children under five die in developing countries each year. Malnutrition and hunger-related diseases cause 60 percent of the deaths;
(Source: The State of the World's Children, UNICEF, 2007)

Iron deficiency is the most prevalent form of malnutrition worldwide, affecting an estimated 2 billion people. Eradicating iron deficiency can improve national productivity levels by as much as 20 percent.
(Source: World Health Organization, WHO Global Database on Anaemia)

Iodine deficiency is the greatest single cause of mental retardation and brain damage, affecting 1.9 billion people worldwide. It can easily be prevented by adding iodine to salt.
(Source: World Nutrition Situation 5th report ,UN Standing Committee on Nutrition2005)

[Below Taken From the FeedingAmerica.org website]

HUNGER & POVERTY STATISTICS

Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.

Povertyi

In 2011, 46.2 million people (15.0 percent) were in poverty.
In 2011, 9.5 million (11.8 percent) families were in poverty.
In 2011, 26.5 million (13.7 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
In 2011, 16.1 million (22.0 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
In 2011, 3.6 million (9.0 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
The overall Poverty Rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 16.0%, as compared with the official poverty rate of 15.1%.ii
Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 49.1 million people living in poverty, 2.5 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (46.2 million).iii
Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security iv

In 2011, 50.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 33.5 million adults and 16.7 million children.
In 2011, 14.9 percent of households (17.9 million households) were food insecure.
In 2011, 5.7 percent of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security.
In 2011, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20.6 percent compared to 12.2percent.
In 2011, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20.6 percent), especially households with children headed by single women (36.8 percent) or single men (24.9 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.1 percent) and Hispanic households (26.2 percent).
In 2011, 8.8 percent of seniors living alone (1 million households) were food insecure.
Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 5 percent in Steele County, ND to a high of 37 percent in Holmes County, MS.v
Seven states exhibited statistically significant higher household food insecurity rates than the U.S. national average 2009-2011: iv

United States 14.7%

Mississippi 19.2%

Texas 18.5%

Arkansas 19.2%

Alabama 17.4%

Georgia 17.4%

Florida 16.2%

North Carolina 17.1%

Use of Emergency Food Assistance and Federal Food Assistance Programs vi

In 2011, 5.1 percent of all U.S. households (6.1 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times. vii
In 2011, 57.2 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. viii
Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37 million low-income people annually, a 46 percent increase from 25 million since Hunger in America 2006. ix
Among members of Feeding America, 74 percent of pantries, 65 percent of kitchens, and 54 percent of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites.x


Unemployment Rates for States
Annual AverageRankings
Year: 2011

Rank

State

Rate

UNITED STATES

8.9


1

NORTH DAKOTA

3.5

2

NEBRASKA

4.4

3

SOUTH DAKOTA

4.7

4

NEW HAMPSHIRE

5.4

5

VERMONT

5.6

6

IOWA

5.9

7

WYOMING

6.0

8

OKLAHOMA

6.2

8

VIRGINIA

6.2

10

MINNESOTA

6.4

11

HAWAII

6.7

11

KANSAS

6.7

11

UTAH

6.7

14

MONTANA

6.8

15

MARYLAND

7.0

16

DELAWARE

7.3

16

LOUISIANA

7.3

18

MASSACHUSETTS

7.4

18

NEW MEXICO

7.4

20

MAINE

7.5

20

WISCONSIN

7.5

22

ALASKA

7.6

23

PENNSYLVANIA

7.9

23

TEXAS

7.9

25

ARKANSAS

8.0

25

WEST VIRGINIA

8.0

27

NEW YORK

8.2

28

COLORADO

8.3

29

MISSOURI

8.6

29

OHIO

8.6

31

IDAHO

8.7

32

CONNECTICUT

8.8

33

ALABAMA

9.0

33

INDIANA

9.0

35

TENNESSEE

9.2

35

WASHINGTON

9.2

37

NEW JERSEY

9.3

38

ARIZONA

9.5

38

KENTUCKY

9.5

38

OREGON

9.5

41

GEORGIA

9.8

41

ILLINOIS

9.8

43

DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA

10.2

44

MICHIGAN

10.3

44

SOUTH CAROLINA

10.3

46

FLORIDA

10.5

46

NORTH CAROLINA

10.5

48

MISSISSIPPI

10.7

49

RHODE ISLAND

11.3

50

CALIFORNIA

11.7

51

NEVADA

13.5


i U.S. Census Bureau. Carmen DeNavas-Walt, B. Proctor, C. Lee. Income, Poverty, and Heath Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2010. September 2011.

ii The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2010. (2011). U.S. Census Bureau.

iii Ibid.

iv USDA. Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., Andrews, M., & Carlson, S. Household Food Security in the United States in 2011.

v Feeding America. Gundersen, G., Waxman, E., Engelhard, E., Del Vecchio, T., Satoh, A., & Lopez-Betanzos, A. Map the Meal Gap 2012.

vi USDA. Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., Andrews, M., & Carlson, S. Household Food Security in the United States in 2011.

vii lbid.

viii lbid.

ixRhoda Cohen, J., Mabli, F., Potter, Z., Zhao. Mathematica Policy Research, Feeding America. Hunger in America 2010.

x lbid.

xi U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2011 Annual Average Unemployment Rates.