In the United States today, nearly 13 million children face hunger. While hunger is harmful to everyone, it can be especially devastating to children because of its potential for long-term consequences.
*12.9 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2016.
*Twenty percent or more of children in 22 states and DC lived in food-insecure households in 2015 according to the most recent data available.
*In 2015, the top five states with the highest rates of food-insecure children were Mississippi (26%), Arkansas (25%), New Mexico (25%), Alabama (24%) and Arizona (24%).
*In 2015, the top five states with the lowest rates of food-insecure children were North Dakota, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Virginia.
*In 2016, 13.3 million or approximately 18% of children in the U.S. lived in poverty.