Learn About Hunger
There are a staggering amount of facts and statistics concerning hunger. Since you may not have time to read them all, we’ve broken them down into what we feel are the most important.
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In the 30 counties we serve, more than 240,000 people are food insecure.  That’s roughly 23% of the population.  We feed approximately 156,000 of those individuals every year, meaning 84,000 people are going without food.  It doesn’t have to be this way.  You can be the change.

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More than 78,000 of them are children.  1 in 5 children struggle with hunger in America.

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62% of teachers regularly see their students come to school hungry.  Hunger has been linked to lack of focus and poor test performance in K-12 students.  Our BackPack Program was created to fill this “meal gap”.

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More than 25% of the individuals we serve receive absolutely no government aid.

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62% of the families we serve report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.

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51% have to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.

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Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for emergency food providers, accounting for 84% of the food distributed by pantries, 59% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 40% of the food distributed by shelters.

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12 of the 30 counties we serve are considered at risk, meaning the number of food insecure people is dangerously close to exceeding the resources available to feed them.  That’s where our Mobile Food Pantry comes in.

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1 out of 10 senior citizens in Georgia lives in poverty. The median per capita income for seniors enrolled in our Senior Food Box Program is just $8,328 per year.

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Food is the only solution to hunger.  Today is your opportunity to take a stand and be a force for good in your community.