Hunger

Critical Thinking Class Courtney Cain

1. About 842 million people in the world do not eat enough to be healthy. That means that one in every eight people on Earth goes to bed hungry each night.

2.The number of people living with chronic hunger has fallen by 17 percent since 1990–92. If the trend continues, we will fall just short of the hunger target in the Millennium Development Goals.

3. Most of the world’s undernourished people are still to be found in Southern Asia, closely followed by sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Asia.

4. A third of all deaths in children under the age of five in developing countries are linked to undernutrition.

5. In the developing world, one child in four is stunted, meaning that their physical and mental growth is impaired because of inadequate nutrition.

6. The first 1,000 days of a child’s life, from pregnancy through age two, are critical. A proper diet in this period can protect children from the mental and physical stunting that can result from malnutrition.

7. If women farmers had the same access to resources as men, the number of hungry in the world could bereduced by up to 150 million.

8. It costs just US $0.25 per day to provide a child with all of the vitamins and nutrients he or she needs to grow up healthy.

9. By 2050, climate change and erratic weather patterns could have pushed another 24 million children into hunger. Almost half of these children would be in sub-Saharan Africa.

10. Hunger can be eliminated in our lifetimes. The Zero Hunger Challenge, launched by the UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon, works to galvanise global support around this very objective.

11. 15.9 million children lived in food insecure households in 2012.

12. 20% or more of the child population in 37 states and D.C. lived in food insecure households in 2011, according to the most recent data available. New Mexico (30.6%) and the District of Columbia (30.0%) had the highest rates of children in households without consistent access to food.

13. In 2011, the top five states with the highest rate of food insecure children under 18 are New Mexico, the District of Columbia, Arizona, Oregon, and Georgia.

13. Nearly 14 million children are estimated to be served by Feeding America, over 3 million of which are ages 5 and under.

14. Proper nutrition is vital to the growth and development of children. 62 percent of client households with children under the age of 18 reported participating in the National School Lunch Program, but only 14 percent reported having a child participate in a summer feeding program that provides free food when school is out.

15. 54 percent of client households with children under the age of 3 participated in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children.

16. 32 percent of pantries, 42 percent of kitchens, and 18 percent of shelters in the Feeding America network reported "many more children in the summer" being served by their programs.

17. In 2012, 16.1 million or approximately 22 percent of children in the U.S. lived in poverty. In fiscal year 2011, 47 percent of all SNAP households contained children.

18. During the 2012 federal fiscal year, more than 31 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals daily through the National School Lunch Program.Unfortunately, in 2012 less than 2.5 million children participated daily in the Summer Food Service Program.