With the 2020 elections fast approaching, FRAC has created a one-stop-shop for candidates to get the facts on the extent of hunger in America and the solutions that exist to solve it.

Facts Every Candidate Should Know About Hunger

  1. More than 37 million Americans live in households that struggle against hunger, and nearly one in seven households with children cannot afford to buy enough food for their families.
  2. 38.1 million people (11.8 percent), including more than 11.9 million children (16 percent), lived in poverty in 2018.
  3. Households in rural areas are experiencing considerably deeper struggles with hunger compared to those in metro areas, with higher rates of food insecurity overall (12.7 percent compared to 10.8 percent), and higher rates of very low food security (4.8 percent compared to 4.2 percent).
  4. Hunger hurts us all. Eliminating hunger would save the nation billions of dollars in doctor and hospital bills, special education costs, and lost economic productivity.
  5. The Child Nutrition Programs are profoundly important programs with well-documented benefits to the health and well-being of children and families.
  6. Close to 80 percent of people who participate in SNAP (formerly known as food stamps) are either working or cannot work because they are children, older adults (60+), or have disabilities.
  7. SNAP boosts local economies. Estimates issued by Moody’s Analytics and others of the economic growth impact of SNAP during a recession range from $1.73 to $1.79 per $1 of SNAP benefits.
  8. Hunger is an economic condition. Policies that promote a full employment economy with adequate wages and incomes can take the country a long way toward ending hunger.
  9. Ending hunger is a goal that the American people fully support. Polls have consistently found that voters do not think the government is doing enough to solve hunger.
  10. The private sector – business, labor and charitable – efforts can bolster government’s leadership in alleviating hunger, but cannot take the place of government’s steadfast commitment, strong policies and adequate investments to end it.

Solutions to hunger exist, but they require political will.