Hunger in America
- It is estimated that 48.1 million Americans live in food insecure households. That’s as many people as the populations of California, Minnesota, and Wisconsin combined. Food insecurity is defined as lacking reliable access to an adequate amount of nutritious food.
- Households with children report significantly higher rates of food insecurity (19%) compared to those without children (12%). Other households with higher rates of food insecurity include those headed by single women (35%) or single men (22%).
- One in five children in the U.S. are at risk of hunger. Among African American and Latino children, one in three are at risk.
- Among Americans age 60 and over, 9% are food insecure. This number is projected to increase by 50% by the year 2025, when the youngest members of the Baby Boom Generation reach age 60. Seniors are at especially high risk of developing health problems due to inadequate nutrition.
- Approximately 40% of food in the U.S. is thrown away. This equates to more than 20 pounds of food per person per month.
- In the year 2015, the average SNAP recipient was allotted $125 per month. This breaks down to just over $4 per day, or about $1.30 per meal.
Hunger in Minnesota
- One in ten households in Minnesota are affected by hunger. In 2015, there were more than three million food shelf visits in the state, or 9,000 people each day.
- The state of Minnesota spends at least $1.6 billion annually on costs relating to the effects of hunger, including health care, medication, education, and lost productivity at work and school.
- A study ranked the Twin Cities metro area as ninth in the nation in terms of growing suburban poverty. Between the years 2000 and 2011, the number of people in poverty living in the Twin Cities suburbs increased from about 90,000 to 204,000. 
Hunger in Our Community
- Currently, qualification for Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) is 200% of the poverty level household income. There are more than 7,200 people within the CCEFS geography that are food insecure, and more than 12,600 people who qualify for TEFAP support.
- In 2015, CCEFS distributed 535,000 pounds of food and personal care items. This is enough to fill a line of grocery carts over 3.5 miles long!
- In 2015, CCEFS served over 24,000 individuals, more than 8,000 of which were children.
 Greater Minneapolis Council of Churches Hunger Fact Sheet, no longer available online