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Food Insecurity Facts In America

Food Insecurity Facts In America

  • More than 42 million people living in the United States, including 13 million children, lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with food insecurity or hunger at some time during the year. Source: USDA
  • Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line (32.8 percent), among households with children headed by a single woman (30.3 percent), and among black (21.5 percent) and Hispanic (19.1 percent) households. Source: USDA
  • 1 in 7 Americans rely on food pantries & meal service programs to feed their families. Source: Feeding America
  • More than 30 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast, and nearly 9% have access to summer meal sites. Source: USDA
  • 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste. Reducing waste by 15% could feed more than 25 million Americans every year. Source: Natural Resources Defense Council
  • Americans throw away the equivalent of $165 billion each year. Moreover, almost all of that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills where it decomposes and releases methane, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Source: Natural Resources Defense Council

Food Insecurity Facts In America

BAN Productions through their programming and partnerships work to diminish the number of communities and persons who exist in the Food Insecure classification within urban and rural areas.

Our BAN Events are poignantly focused on providing sustainable access to fresh food for communities with rescued fresh surplus farm product and diverting it from the waste stream in the form of recipe grocery giveaways, educational events for processing surplus fresh ingredients in the form of community recipe training according to USDA MyPlate guidelines, and measuring the health benefits for participants by working with local health professionals and partners who assess the BAN program in direct correlation to improved nutritional intake.

We urge you to join our BAN movement by planting the seeds of nutrition and health in communities by contacting john@banproductions.org

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