In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 Americans, hunger is a reality. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.

Right now, nearly 13 million families in America are struggling with hunger. These are often hard-working families who simply cannot make ends meet and are forced to go without food for several meals, or even days. To learn more, take a look below at the staggering facts from Feeding America®.


Hear real stories from real people dealing with hunger across the U.S.

  • Eric & Kim Eric, a real estate agent from Orange County, California, saw his income collapse with the economy. This small-business owner worked with his wife to create a company that brought in $300,000 in its best years. Today, they are hoping they can scrape out $30,000 to support their two sons and pay for their mortgage. They receive food assistance from their local food pantry—served by Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.

  • Amy’s Family A graduate degree didn't stop Amy’s husband from losing his job as a teacher. Today, Amy finds herself contemplating options and making tough choices that she once didn't need to consider. "All those stories that you hear in the news of people losing their home or being out of work for long periods of time or being disabled–I've always wondered how do those people survive?" she told Feeding America. "And now I have first-hand experience." Amy and her family are served by the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

  • Kat This college student grew up in a low-income household, practically responsible for raising her younger brother as her mother worked to support the family. Her family rarely had enough to eat. To get by, Kat stretched out her rations by training her body to eat once a day and often let her brother eat before she did. She turned to her local Feeding America food bank—Three Square—for a guaranteed meal over the weekends.

  • Danielle, Lillie & Alex In this multi-generational home, Danielle must use her income to support her mother and 10-year-old son. Between paying for rent, utilities and other day-to-day bills, Danielle is often left with barely enough money for groceries. Her family is served by Three Square food bank in Nevada.