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Hunger at Home

  1. 1. HUNGER AT HOMEIts Costs to our Economy and our Society
  2. 2. 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:
  3. 3. 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
  4. 4. 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
  5. 5. 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%
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. How We CompareThe U.S. hassome of thehighest childpoverty and infantmortality rates ofthe developedworld. United source States
  8. 8. 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
  9. 9.  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
  10. 10. 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