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Childhood Hunger In America

No Kid Hungry: Help Us Make It Happen

Nearly 17 million children in America struggle with hunger. That’s almost 1 in 4.

In the world’s wealthiest nation, childhood hunger is simply unacceptable. Hunger impairs our children’s health, growth and development in significant and long-lasting ways.

  • Children who struggle with hunger are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.
  • They are more likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections and fatigue, and are more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences.
  • Hunger impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school. Teachers report higher levels of hyperactivity, absenteeism and tardiness among children who don’t get enough nutritious food.
  • Hungry children are more likely to develop behavioral and emotional problems and suffer from aggression and anxiety.

In short, children who struggle with hunger fall behind in every way. Ending childhood hunger will strengthen America, now and for generations to come.

Hunger is affecting more children in our country than ever before.

  • 14.1 million children in America live in poverty. That’s 5.5% more than a year ago. (For a four-person family, that means getting by on less than $420 a week.)
  • Nearly half (49.2%) of American children will receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits at some point in their life.
  • The weak economy has put millions of previously secure American families at risk.
  • Effective federal nutrition programs that provide nutritious food to families in need are still underutilized. 10 million eligible kids in this country are not receiving school breakfast.
  • Only 1 of every 6 kids eligible for free summer meals actually gets them. That means more than 16 million kids who qualify for these meals don’t get them.
  • Millions of Americans who are eligible for SNAP (food stamps) do not use the program.
  • The Solution

    Share Our Strength® is the leading national organization working to make sure that no kid in America grows up hungry. We use the funds raised through programs like Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation® to support No Kid Hungry™, our campaign to end childhood hunger in America.

    Through No Kid Hungry, we fund the most effective anti-hunger organizations across the country, connect needy children and their families with nutritious food, teach families how to cook healthy on a budget, and provide leadership that brings together public and private decision-makers to end childhood hunger, state by state. Through all these means, we are working to ensure that America’s children all have nutritious food where they live, learn and play. Get involved with Taste of the Nation and make a difference.