13.1 million children lived in food-insecure households in 2015.

Twenty percent or more of the child population in 30 states and D.C. lived in food-insecure households in 2014, according to the most recent data available. Mississippi (27%) and New Mexico (27%) had the highest rates of children in households without consistent access to food.

In 2015, African-Americans were more than twice as likely to be unemployed (10%) as their White counterparts (5%).

One in five (22%) African American households is food insecure as compared with one in 10 (10%) Caucasian households and one in eight (13%) households overall.

More than one in four African American children (27%) live in food-insecure households as compared to one in seven (14%) Caucasian children.

More than one in five (21%) Latinos are food insecure as compared to just one in 10 (10%) White, non-Hispanics and one in eight (13%) Americans overall.

Nearly one in four Latino children (24%) lives in a food-insecure household as compared to one in seven (14%) White, non-Hispanic children.


In 2015, 2.9 million (8%) households with seniors age 65 and older experienced food insecurity. More than 1.2 million (9%) households composed of seniors living alone experienced food insecurity.

In 2014, 5.7 million Americans over the age of 60 were food insecure. This constitutes 9 percent of all seniors.

15 percent of rural households are food insecure, or an estimated 2.8 million households.

7.4 million Americans (16.7%) living in rural areas live below the federal poverty line.

47 percent of people in families with a single female head of household living in rural areas were poor in 2015, as compared to 35 percent in the suburbs.