How Many Are Hungry

December 11, 2017 Events, News 0 Comments

Hunger has no boundaries
Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap study shows that hunger exists in every county in our nation. In Kansas and Missouri, there are hungry people living in sparsely-populated rural counties, suburban communities and urban centers.

In Harvesters’ 26-county service area, one in seven people is food insecure. Food insecurity means that a person or household may have food today, but does not know if there will be food tomorrow or enough food for everyone in the household. In Harvesters’ service area:

• 382,070 people are food insecure and missing an estimated 67.6 million meals annually.
• 15.3 percent of people in our region, or one in seven, is food insecure.
• 38 percent of the food insecure population does not qualify for federal nutrition programs such as SNAP/food stamps, WIC or free and reduced-price school meals. When they need food assistance, they turn to nonprofit agencies such as those in Harvesters’ network. These people are typically above 185 percent of the poverty level, or $44,123 for a family of four.

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