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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 think.

In the United States, 42 million people, including 13 million children and 5.7 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. On Nov. 3, for every sub and 30 oz. drink purchased, Subway donated a meal to Feeding America®.

"Last year, our customers helped us make history with the largest single-day donation to Feeding America® – 11 million meals," said Subway President and CEO Suzanne Greco. "This year's unprecedented initiative will include thousands of Subway restaurants around the globe. We're excited to bring together our customers, franchisees and communities to inspire global action around hunger."

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.

Keep reading for more surprising fast facts about hunger in America today.

About 5.7 million senior citizens do not have enough food to eat, according to Feeding America. About 5.7 million senior citizens do not have enough food to eat, according to Feeding America®. (Photo: ©Jovana Milanko/Stocksy United)

13 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.

57 percent: While poverty and hunger go hand-in-hand, they are not always connected. About half of food-insecure people live 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.

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

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