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What you don’t know about hunger in America today

What you don’t know about hunger in America today

When you think about people who are hungry, you might picture a starving child from another country. But hunger is an issue that hits closer to home than you might realize.

In the United States, 40 million people, including 12.5 million children and nearly 5 million seniors, do not have enough food to eat. According to Feeding America®, 1 in 6 children may not know where they will get their next meal.

Which is why Subway® partners with Feeding America® for World Sandwich Day. With every purchase made on the Subway App and Subway.com from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9, Subway will donate a meal to Feeding America®.

In 2017, more than 40,000 Subway restaurants in more than 60 countries participated. On World Sandwich Day, Subway restaurants around the world joined Feeding America® and other global organizations against hunger. In the U.S., 11.5 million meals were donated to Feeding America®. Over 13.3 million meals were donated globally.

“When you have to make tough choices about food, it is harder to make the right decisions that lead to a balanced diet and better health overall,” said Lanette Kovachi, Head of Global Nutrition for Subway. “At Subway, we believe everyone should have access to nutritious food. The brand and many of our restaurant owners are extremely involved in the communities we serve and regularly partner with local food banks. We’re excited to build our commitment to give back and to partner with Feeding America® again to help ensure that those who are struggling with hunger don’t have to sacrifice nutrition.”

More surprising facts about hunger in America

One out of eight people in the U.S. is affected by hunger. One out of eight people in the U.S. is affected by hunger, according to Feeding America®. (Photo: Steve Debenport/iStock)

11.8 percent: The number of American households that are food insecure.

1 out of 8: How many people in the U.S. are affected by hunger.

84 percent: The number of U.S. households served by Feeding America® that buy the cheapest food, rather than the healthiest food, to have enough to eat.

59 percent: While poverty and hunger go hand-in-hand, they are not always connected. About half of food-insecure people earn incomes above the poverty line, Feeding America® says.

$9,175: The median annual household income of people Feeding America® serves.

30 percent: The number of U.S. households struggling with food insecurity that are headed by single women.

36 percent: Jefferson County, Mississippi, has the highest hunger rates in the country, with close to 40 percent of the population in need of more food to eat.

Valid 11/3/18 to 11/9/18. Subway® will donate the monetary equivalent of a meal ($0.10) for each app/online order. $1 helps provide at least 10 meals secured by Feeding America® on behalf of local member food banks.

This article has been updated with new information since it was originally published in November 2017.

Top Image Credit: theevening/iStock

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