The Issues

Homelessness

Prior to the 1970s, the few people who were homeless in the United States were generally men.

Now, over the course of a year in the United States, there are 3.5 million men, women and children who are homeless.  – National Coalition for the Homeless, www.nationalhomeless.org/factsheets/How_Many.html

1 in 50 children in the United States is homeless. – The National Center on Family Homelessness, www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/findings.php

Hunger

In 2013 in the United States, over 49 million people, including nearly 16 million children, were hungry or at risk of hunger.

Nearly 1 in 5 children go to bed hungry every night. (NationalHomeless.org)

Food insecurity is defined as food insecurity without hunger (low food security):  Reports of reduced quality, variety, or desirability of diet. Little or no indication of reduced food intake

Food insecurity with hunger (very low food security):  Reports of multiple indications of disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake – USDA Economic Research Service,  www.ers.usda.gov/Briefing/FoodSecurity/labels.htm

Poverty

In 2013 in the United States there were 45.3 million people living in poverty of which 15 million were children. (FeedingAmerica.org)