An anti-hunger advocacy group in the U.S., Bread for the World, released its 2014 Hunger Report titled “Ending Hunger in America” on November 25. The report calls on President Obama to commit to ending hunger in America and to work with Congress to develop a plan to achieve the goal within 10-15 years, by 2030. It offers recommendations focusing on four areas:
1. full employment, including addressing wages and working conditions
2. a stronger safety net by addressing food assistance programs, health care and opportunities for excluded populations.
3. development of human capital through improved access to quality education
4. public-private partnerships to support innovative community-led initiatives against hunger.
The 2014 Bread for the World Report also calls on the U.S. government to work with the international community to develop a universal set of goals succeeding the MDGs, which will be replaced in 2015. The new development agenda should include ending hunger and extreme poverty and achieving global food security and good nutrition for all by 2030.
The report highlighted key statistics about hunger in America including:
- In 2012, 14.5% of American households were considered food insecure. (U.S. Census Bureau)
- The average incomes of the top 1 percent of households rose by 19.6% in 2012, while the incomes of the other 99 percent grew by just 1%.
- Nearly two-thirds of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP) recipients are children, elderly, or disabled.
- Among SNAP households with children and at least one working-age, non-disabled adult: 62 percent worked while receiving SNAP and 87 percent worked in the prior or subsequent year.
- In 2012, the poverty rate for African American children was 37.5%, for Hispanic children 33%, and for non-Hispanic White children 12%.
- While children make up roughly 24% of our total population, they comprise one-third of the nation’s poor.
To read the full report or the Executive Summary, click here.