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USDA Stats​

  • Annually, 1/3 of ALL food is wasted and ends up in our landfills. That's over 40,000,000 pounds per year; 300 pounds per person per year.

  • 20% of ALL food going to the landfill can be composted which leaves a large amount that can be rescued and redistributed through programs like our MOM and our Community Food Banks. 

In 2021:

  • 33.8 million people lived in food-insecure households.

  • 8.6 million adults lived in households with very low food security.

  • 5.0 million children lived in food-insecure households in which children, along with adults, were food insecure.

  • 521,000 children (0.7 percent of the Nation's children) lived in households in which one or more child experienced very low food security.

  • For more information, see Food Insecurity in the U.S.: Frequency of Food Insecurity.

  • Food Insecurity by Household Characteristics

  • The prevalence of food insecurity varied considerably among household types. Rates of food insecurity were higher than the national average (10.2 percent) for the following groups:

  • All households with children (12.5 percent).

  • Households with children under age 6 (12.9 percent).

  • Households with children headed by a single woman (24.3 percent) or a single man (16.2 percent).

  • Women living alone (13.2 percent) and men living alone (12.3 percent).

  • Households with Black, non-Hispanic (19.8 percent) and Hispanic reference persons (16.2 percent; a household reference person is an adult household member in whose name the housing unit is owned or rented).

  • Households with incomes below 185 percent of the poverty threshold (26.5 percent; the Federal poverty line was $27,479 for a family of four in 2021).

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