Kids Pantry of America

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Child Hunger Fact Sheet


Good nutrition, particularly in the first three years of life, is important for establishing a good foundation that has implications for a child’s future physical and mental health, academic achievement, and economic productivity. Unfortunately, food insecurity is an obstacle that threatens that critical foundation. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), 15.3 million children under 18 in the United States live in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life.  Although food insecurity is harmful to any individual, it can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term consequences.

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Hungry kids

16 million kids in America aren’t getting the food they need

Believe it or not in this near booming economy over half of U.S. school kids are not able to afford a school lunch or even breakfast. There are schools where as much as 99% of the kids are on assisted lunch programs. This is actually the U.S. government measurement for poverty. Often, their families are facing extremely limited financial resources, and may be homeless, living in a shelter, in a hotel, or in the family car. The meals provided in the schools are the only nutritious meals that the kids have.  We need your help to assist in feeding these kids when they’re not in school.

These kids get their only nutritious meal(s) of the day at the school cafeteria. Missing meals and experiencing hunger impairs children’s development and achievement. Studies published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, Pediatrics, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry document the negative effects of hunger on children’s academic performance and behavior in school. Hungry children have lower math scores. They are more likely to repeat a grade, come to school late, or miss it entirely. [Sources: http://www.nea.org and Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

2015 United States Hunger and Poverty Facts World Hunger Education Service

Hunger in the United States

Six years after the onset of the financial and economic crisis, hunger remains high in the United States. The financial and economic crisis that erupted in 2008 caused a significant increase in hunger in the United States. This high level of hunger diminished somewhat  in 2013, according to the latest government report (with the most recent statistics) released in September 2014 (Coleman-Jensen 2014a).

  • In 2013, 14.3 percent of households (17.5 million households, approximately one in seven), were food insecure (Coleman-Jensen 2014b, p. 1).  This is down slightly from 14.9 percent food insecure in 2008 and 2009  which was  the highest number recorded since these statistics have been kept (Coleman-Jensen 2014b, p.1 ).
  • In 2013, 5.6 percent of U.S. households (6.8 million households) had very low food security. In this more severe range of food insecurity, the food intake of some household members was reduced and normal eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year due to limited resources (Coleman-Jensen 2014b, p.1) .
  • Children were food insecure at times during the year in 9.9 percent of households with children. These 3.8 million households were unable at times during the year to provide adequate, nutritious food for their children  While children are usually shielded by their parents, who go hungry themselves, from the disrupted eating patterns and reduced food intake that characterize very low food security, both children and adults experienced instances of very low food security in 0.9 percent of households with children (360,000 households) in 2013 (Coleman-Jensen 2014b, p. 2).
  • The median [a type of average] food-secure household spent 30 percent more on food than the median food-insecure household of the same size and household composition including food purchased with Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (formerly the Food Stamp Program) (Coleman-Jensen 2014b, p. 2).
  • Rates of food insecurity were substantially higher than the national average for households with incomes near or below the Federal poverty line, households with children headed by single women or single men, and Black and Hispanic households (Coleman-Jensen 2014b, p. 2).
  • Background: The United States changed the name of its definitions in 2006 that eliminated references to hunger, keeping various categories of food insecurity.  This did not represent a change in what was measured.  Very low food insecurity (described as food insecurity with hunger prior to 2006) means that, at times during the year, the food intake of household members was reduced and their normal eating patterns were disrupted because the household lacked money and other resources for food. This means that people were hungry (in the sense of “the uneasy or painful sensation caused by want of food” [Oxford English Dictionary 1971] for days each year.



Your donation will go to help grassroots organizations throughout the US focused on feeding our nations kids when they’re not in school.  The Love Pantry, an Orlando Florida based charitable organization is one of these worthy organizations that attack this crisis head on.  Here’s a snapshot of how these programs work.

Each school is provided with a cabinet stocked with emergency food and basic hygiene items, and is restocked weekly by volunteers. When a teacher identifies a student in need, the family can be provided with food and valuable community resource information. The program is simple, and the process to help the student is kept completely confidential.

The Love Pantry places emergency food in the schools and into the hands of students. The Love Pantry program began in 2011. Over 8,000 family members have received food and hygiene items, plus valuable community resource information available in each of the 63 Love Pantry schools.

  • Donation Holders say Read Below

    “America’s schools are no longer just a place for students to learn their ABCs. They are also increasingly where children eat their three squares.”

    USA Today (Schools becoming the 'last frontier' for hungry kids)
  • Donation Holders say Read Below

    “I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for the minds and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.”

    Martin Luther King, Jr. (American Baptist Minister, Activist, Humanitarian, and Civil Rights Leader)
  • Donation Holders say Read Below

    “The war against hunger is truly mankind’s war of liberation.”

    John F. Kennedy (Former US President)
Hunger Facts

Hunger Facts

Eye opening facts about our nations greatest forgotten need.

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In the U.S. today, 15 million children face hunger – that’s 1 in 5. Chances are, someone your child goes to school with struggles to get enough to eat.

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3.8 million households were unable at times during the year to provide adequate, nutritious food for their children. They need our help.

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