1. According to the USDA, an estimated 16.7 million children lived in food insecure (low food security and very low food security) households in 2008.
2. The top five states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 18 are Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arizona, South Carolina and the District of Columbia.
3. The top six states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 5 are Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, Kentucky, Texas, and New Mexico
4. Children who face hunger are more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences as children and as adults.
5. Nearly half (49.2%) of American children will receive SNAP (formerly called food stamps) benefits at some point in their lives.
6. 4.5 million children lived in families that received food from food pantries in 2008.
7. Research indicates that even mild undernutrition experienced by young children during critical periods of
growth impacts the behavior of children, their school performance, and
their overall cognitive development.
8. Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That’s one child every five seconds.
9. Nearly one in four children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. That’s 16.7 million children.
10. Pregnant women, new mothers who breastfeed infants and children are among the most at risk of undernourishment.