No one can reach their full potential when they’re hungry.
And hunger is more common than many think. In every community, in every classroom.
Who Is The Face of Hunger?
The face of hunger looks like all of us.
1 IN 12 NEIGHBORS
In Minnesota experienced food insecurity in 2021. That's 483,000 people.
1 IN 8 KIDS
Didn't have regular access to the nutrition needed to thrive.
25% of black households
In Minnesota experienced food insecurity compared to 4% of White households in 2020.
Are the fastest-growing group of food pantry visitors.
53 MILLION PEOPLE
Across the U.S. turned to the emergency food system in 2021.
ALL 50 STATES
Are home to people facing hunger.
What Is Food Insecurity?
What Causes Hunger?
There is no single root cause of hunger. For many, it’s ongoing and persistent. Their household incomes simply aren’t enough to cover the grocery bills and other expenses, especially with inflation and skyrocketing food prices.
For others, it’s a new experience, brought on by the pandemic, economic disruptions or an unexpected bill or emergency.
Whatever the reason, hunger remains a persistent (yet solvable) problem across the heartland. We believe there is more than enough food for everyone when we all come together.
Nearly half of our neighbors in Minnesota and Wisconsin—47 percent—are relying on food assistance for the very first time.
1 in 3
Yet 1 in 3 of the people experiencing hunger is unlikely to qualify for state or federal food assistance benefits, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Those facing hunger report needing an average of $17.25 more per week to meet their food needs.