Midwest Food Bank, NFP keeps up to date on the latest research about hunger and poverty in our community. Below are data gleaned from our partner agency audit and other sources.
Who Are The Hungry?
2016 Data from our Partner Agency Audit – illustrates information and demographics of those we serve.
Hunger and Poverty in the USA
Hunger and poverty often go hand in hand, but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. People living above the poverty line are often at risk of hunger as well. Research demonstrates that unemployment, rather than poverty, is a better predictor of food insecurity among people living in the United States.
The most recent government data shows that in 2016,
40.6 million people (12.7 percent) were in poverty, including 13.4 million (33 percent) children under the age of 18. [i]
41.2 million people—including 6.5 million children— lived in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.
Resources for Additional Research