Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Few Facts

A picture may be a thousand words, but a number can reflect the realities of many millions. A few numbers to think about:
  • In 2007, 37.3 million people (12.5%) were in poverty.
  • 35 million Americans - including 12.6 million children - are food-insecure.
  • Georgia (where I live) ranked 9th in the prevalence of food insecurity (13% ).
  • 1 in 5 Americans use at least one of USDA’s food and nutrition assistance programs during the year.
  • The average monthly food stamp benefit is $93 per person-barely $1 per meal.
  • 26.7 million Americans use food stamps in an average month. Half of these recipients are children.

Feeding America has great fact sheets as does Share Our Strength.

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