HUNGER AT HOMEIts Costs to our Economy and our Society
America’s Hunger Bill High poverty and hunger rates among U.S. children reduce the value of economic output by Billion several hundred billion dollars annually. Food insecurity for families and communities has clear economic consequences that cross a number of sectors. Education Health Law Enforcement Short-term expenditures to put off the effects of poverty and unemployment on children and youth could have source:
We Pay for Poor Performance U.S. economic output reduced by as much as 4 percent of GDP each year (roughly $500 billion), caused by: Low productivity and earnings Poor health High levels of crime and incarceration among adults who grew up poor Failure of high school dropouts to obtain diplomas costs the public sector about $125 billion in lost revenues each year. Every percentage point increase in the dropout rate each year would reduce federal revenue by $5 billion “…likely a conservative over time. estimate.” - Penny Wise, Pound Foolish
We Pay for Poor Health Intermittent hunger Estimated contributes to binge eating yearly and overeating to cope with cost of hunger- stress and depression. related Hunger in babies wreaks health havoc on their metabolism expenses. and makes them more susceptible to obesity later in life. Medical costs of obesity are estimated at $147 billion per year. Hunger among children affects cognitive development and leads to lower academic
How SNAP HelpsNutrition programs like SNAP are one of the most cost-effective ways to control rising healthcare costs, which pose a muchgreater long-term threat to the nation’s economy than the cost of nutrition programs. SNAP Participants by Age Group Children Middle Age Elderly 8% 47% 45%
Greater Need than Ever Of U.S.14.5 Percent populati on is food insecur e 201$731 Average monthly gross 0 income for all SNAP The Great Recession has households only tightened hunger’s grip on American communities. Keeping hunger at bay will demand timely action from government at all levels and civil society.
How We CompareThe U.S. hassome of thehighest childpoverty and infantmortality rates ofthe developedworld. United source States
Ahead of the Curb: Philadelphia Philadelphia has set very ambitious goals for ending hunger in its neighborhoods. It has developed a city-wide prevention and response
Your city or community can join a greater movement against hunger: The Hunger Free Communities Network This network combines the efforts of: Government agencies, businesses, faith groups, health service providers, educational institutions, civic associations, foundations and Connect with the organizationsresources at: non-profit network and find
Read the 2013 Hunger Report The most current policy analysis on hunger—at home and around the world—and how to end it. Find interactive tools, info-graphics, a Christian study guide and much more at the www.hungerreport.or hunger report website.g
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