With the 2020 elections fast approaching, FRAC has created a one-stop-shop for candidates to get the facts on the extent of hunger in America and the solutions that exist to solve it.
Facts Every Candidate Should Know About Hunger in the U.S.
- During COVID-19 the rate of food insecurity has reached crisis levels: 25 percent of adults and nearly 30 percent of those with children are struggling to put enough food on the table
- Even before COVID-19 rates of hunger and poverty were far too high. In 2018, more than 37 million people (11.1 percent) lived in households that struggled against hunger and 38.1 million people (11.8 percent), including more than 11.9 million children (16 percent), lived in poverty.
- Rural households and Black, Latinx, and Native American households experience disproportionately high rates of food insecurity.
- Hunger hurts us all. Eliminating hunger would save the nation billions of dollars in doctor and hospital bills, special education costs, and lost economic productivity.
- The Child Nutrition Programs are profoundly important programs with well-documented benefits to the health and well-being of children and families.
- Close to 80 percent of people who participate in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) are either working or cannot work because they are children, older adults (60+), or have disabilities.
- SNAP boosts local economies. Estimates issued by Moody’s Analytics and others of the economic growth impact of SNAP during a recession range from $1.73 to $1.79 per $1 of SNAP benefits.
- Hunger is an economic condition. Policies that promote a full employment economy with adequate wages and incomes can take the country a long way toward ending hunger.
- Ending hunger is a goal that the American people fully support. Polls have consistently found that voters do not think the government is doing enough to solve hunger.
- The private sector – business, labor and charitable – efforts can bolster government’s leadership in alleviating hunger, but cannot take the place of government’s steadfast commitment, strong policies and adequate investments to end it.
Hunger impacts people in every community in every state.
- For information on food insecurity rates during COVID-19, see the food security section of FRAC’s COVID-19 update page.
- State of the States: Profiles of Hunger, Poverty, and Federal Nutrition Programs
- State of the States: Interactive Tables
- Official federal government household food insecurity rates
- How Hungry is America? FRAC’s National, State, and Local Index of Food Hardship — August 2018 and interactive maps and tables
- Households with older adults facing food insecurity by state (interactive data tool)
- Rural Hunger in America: Get the Facts
Nutrition Programs at Work in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
Resources for 501(c)(3) Organizations
- Webinar: Why Social Justice Organizations Can and Should Prioritize Voter Registration and Get-Out-the-Vote Efforts
- FRAC’s Anti-Hunger Nonprofits and Elections: A Guide to Permissible Activities for 501(c)(3)s
- FRAC and Demos’ How an Important Federal Law Can Help Millions of Low-Income People Register to Vote Through State Public Assistance Agencies: A Primer for Advocates on the National Voter Registration Act
- Alliance for Justice Bolder Advocacy’s The Rules of the Game: A Guide to Election-Related Activities for 501(c)(3) Organizations