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Current Issues

Please join us in the fight to end hunger. We will update local, state and federal advocacy opportunities, so please visit regularly to learn more about the current state of hunger and poverty in our community.

View current issues from Feeding America here.

Feeding America, our national association of affiliated food banks, is an excellent source for information:

The U.S. Census Bureau compiles vast amounts of data about hunger and poverty

The National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP) is a public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

The Congressional Hunger Center (CHC) is a non-profit anti-hunger leadership training organization located in Washington, DC. As a bi-partisan organization, it is a center where the anti-hunger community can discuss solutions to end domestic and international hunger. Click here to visit CHC.

U.S. Department of Agriculture collects data about national food assistance and nutrition programs:

The National Conference of State Legislatures provides resources and data regarding hunger and nutrition options on the state level

State-by-state stats about food insecurity:

Hunger and Poverty Policy and Legislation Information

Summary of The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010

Child Nutrition Reauthorization Legislation

Feeding America’s summary of issues

Ohio Association of Second Harvest Foodbanks’ issues summary

U.S. Senate legislation

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services

Directory of state, county and city websites

Indiana hunger policy report

Indiana’s association of food banks

Indiana directory for food resources

Greater Cincinnati Statistics

  • 9.6% of families in Hamilton County are below the poverty level
  • 13.6% of individuals in Hamilton County are below the poverty level
  • What percent of families in the Greater Cincinnati area accessed food from a foodbank?
  • How many people accessed social services provided by the Freestore Foodbank?
  • What percent of people who access emergency food services also utilize social services?

Source: U.S. Census Bureau 2006-2008 American Community Survey

National Poverty Statistics

  • In 2008, 39.8 million people (13.2 percent) were in poverty.
  • In 2008, 8.1 (10.3% percent) million families were in poverty.
  • In 2008, 22.1 million (11.7 percent) of people aged 18-64 were in poverty.
  • In 2008, 14 million (19 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
  • In 2008, 3.6 million (9.7 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.

Hunger Statistics on Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security

  • In 2008, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.4 million adults and 16.7 million children.
  • In 2008, 14.6% percent of households (17.1 million households) were food insecure, an increase from 11.1 percent (13.0 million households) in 2007.
  • In 2008, 5.7 percent of households (6.7 million households) experienced very low food security, an increase from 4.1 percent in 2007.
  • In 2008, households with children reported food insecurity at almost double the rate for those without children, 21.0 percent compared to 11.3 percent.
  • In 2008, households that were more likely to experience food insecurity were households with children (21.0 percent), households with children headed by single women (37.2 percent) or single men (27.6 percent), households with incomes below the poverty line (42.2 percent), Black non-Hispanic households (25.7 percent) and Hispanic households (26.9 percent).
  • In 2008, 8.1 percent of households with seniors (2.3 million households) were food insecure

Hunger Statistics on the use of Emergency Food Assistance and Federal Food Assistance Programs

  • In 2008, 4.1 percent of all U.S. households (4.8 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times. ii
  • In 2008, food insecure (low food security or very low food security) households were 13 times more likely than food-secure households to have obtained food from a food pantry. ii
  • In 2008, food insecure (low food security or very low food security) households were 14 times more likely than food-secure households to have eaten a meal at an emergency kitchen. ii
  • In 2008, 55.0 percent of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs – Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program), The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children. ii
  • 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 iii
  • Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to approximately 5.7 million different people per week.iii
  • 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. iii

National Statistics Sources:
i U.S. Census Bureau.Carmen DeNavas-Walt, B. Proctor, C. Lee. Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United States: 2007.
ii USDA.Mark Nord, M. Andrews, S. Carlson. Household Food Security in the United States, 2008.
iii Rhoda Cohen, J. Mabli, F. Potter, Z. Zhao.Hunger in America 2010.Feeding America.