How Many Are Hungry
Hunger has no boundaries
Feeding Americaâ€™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 Harvestersâ€™ 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 Harvestersâ€™ service area:
â€¢ 382,070 people are food insecure and missing an estimated 67.6 million meals annually.
â€¢ 15.3 percent of people in our region, or one in seven, is food insecure.
â€¢ 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 Harvestersâ€™ network. These people are typically above 185 percent of the poverty level, or $44,123 for a family of four.
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