The things that I am going to share with you in this article are definitely very alarming. But if you live in a wealthy neighborhood and are always surrounded by other wealthy individuals that never have to worry about missing a meal, then some of the numbers in this article may not ring true to you. Today, the gap between the wealthy and the poor in the United States is larger than ever, and many wealthy Americans don’t have too much sympathy for the struggles that other people are going through.
But the truth is that most Americans are currently living paycheck to paycheck. And when you are living right on the edge financially, there are times when it can be really tough to even afford the basic necessities. If you have never had to miss a meal involuntarily, good for you. Unfortunately, there are millions upon millions of Americans for which hunger is a very real problem.
If you had to guess, what would you say if someone asked you how many Americans struggle with food insecurity each year?
According to a CBS News article that was published a few months ago, “roughly 4o million people” struggle with not having enough food to eat…
The U.S. economy is enjoying nearly a decade of expansion since the Great Recession. Yet food insecurity — a lack of money or resources to secure enough to eat — still grips almost one in eight Americans. That’s roughly 40 million people. While slowly improving, that figure remains stubbornly higher than before the recession, when more than one in 10 U.S. residents had difficulty knowing when and how they might eat next, according to data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Hungry people live in every county in America, according to the latest annual research from nonprofit relief organization Feeding America. It compiled federal and other data for 2017, its ninth year examining the issue, for a report called Map the Meal Gap. Feeding America serves 4 billion meals each year for one in eight Americans through 200 food banks and 60,000 meal programs and pantries.