Childhood Hunger Facts

Hunger can be detrimental for individuals of all ages, but it is particularly harmful during the sensitive years of childhood. During these crucial years of growth, children who battle hunger are at a greater risk for long-term physical, mental and social impairments. However, with consistent proper nutrition, they are set up for a bright future filled with growth and success. Unfortunately, millions of children in the United States are suffering from hunger and its devastating consequences.

1 in 6 children may not know where their next meal will come from.

In 2016, nearly 13 million kids in the U.S. lived in food insecure households.

Children who are facing hunger are more likely to struggle in school, have social and behavioral difficulties, and experience developmental impairments.

In order to provide for their family, many parents admit to buying the cheapest food – not the healthiest food – for their children, resulting in increased health risks.

Food insecure children are more likely to require hospitalization and are at higher risk for chronic health conditions like asthma and anemia.

In households that are at risk of hunger, 20% of children rely entirely on charitable programs to provide their meals.

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