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Hunger and Food Insecurity


‘Tis the season of giving!  If you’d like to donate your time, money or other resources, look no further than your local food pantry.

According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 14.5% of American households face hunger[1].  What does this mean?  This means that some Americans experience “food insecurity” or that access to adequate food was limited by lack of money and other resources[2].  Food insecurity is experienced by 10% of households with children[3].  In Wisconsin 11% of households experience food insecurity.  Many of the people facing hunger are hard working adults, children and seniors who are struggling to make ends meet and go without food.

Poor nutrition impacts all areas of health.  Insufficient nutrition increases the risk of illness, weakens the immune system and negatively impacts cognitive development in children.

What can you do?

  • Get involved.  Volunteer or donate to a food bank in your community.  Click here for a listing of food banks in Wisconsin.

 For more information, check out Feeding America.

  1. Coleman-Jensen, Alisha, Mark Nord, and Anita Singh. Household Food Security in the United States in 2012, ERR-155, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service, September 2013.
  2. Ibid.
  3. Ibid.


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