The face of hunger is changing in Georgia.
18.9% of Georgians – 1 in 5 Georgians – are food insecure, meaning they don’t always know where they will find their next meal. This is well above the national average of 15.9%.
28.1% of children in Georgia – 1 in 4 children – live in food insecure households. This means that more than 700,780 children in Georgia have been hungry without access to food in one of the the wealthiest nations in the world.
29% of food insecure children in Georgia live in households above 185% of poverty and likely ineligible for any federal food nutrition programs. These are the children of working families. The term “working poor” is a reality in today’s economy. Unemployment and underemployment continue to drive increases in demand for food in Georgia, with 27% of people served by partner agencies reporting they are seeking help for the first time in their lives.
Hunger in Georgia impacts seniors, children and working families. Learn more at Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap site, with new data released in April 2014 (2012 data).
You can help. Donate time, food and funds to the regional food bank serving your county.