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Hunger is epidemic

  • Nearly 1.2 million Pennsylvanians, almost 10% of our population, live in households at risk for hunger and about 335,000, almost 3% of all households, have someone who has experienced hunger.

  • 50.2 million American (up from 35.5 million in 2006) including 17.2 million children, are hungry, do not have enough to eat on a regular basis, or don't have the money or assistance to get enough food to maintain active, healthy lives.

  • More than 16 million children in America are at risk of hunger; that's more than 1 in 5.

  • 30 percent of households with seniors indicated that they have had to choose between food and medical care and 35 percent had to choose between food and paying for heat/utilities.

  • Veterans are more than twice as likely to need help with food