Surprising Facts About Hunger In North Alabama
Want to ensure every person in North Alabama has enough food to lead an active, healthy life? Check out these truths about hunger in our community and find out ways you can help.
No. 1 – Hunger is here in our own backyard
We often think that families facing hunger live overseas in war torn, drought stricken or economically distressed nations. In fact, many of our own neighbors are at risk of hunger. Did you know that the parents or guardians of nearly 60,000 children in North Alabama say their children sometimes skip meals, do not eat for a whole day or go hungry because there is not enough money to buy food for the household?
No. 2 – It’s our neighbors who are at risk of hunger
So who is hungry in North Alabama? Our neighbors.
- 70% of people seeking food assistance live in families with three or less members.
- 71% are white; 14% black: 4% Latino and 11% identify as other ethnicities.
- 62% have earned a high school degree, GED or pursued higher education.
- 18% pursued higher education including a two- or four-year degree.
- 57% have combined incomes below $10,000 per year.
- 44% have a household member who worked for pay in the last 12 months.