Hunger Facts

Did you know these facts about hunger?

  • Children still represent about half of those served at food shelves.
  • Of those who use Minnesota’s food shelves, 47 percent of adults and 14 percent of children skip meals because there is not enough food at home.
  • From 2000 to 2010, food shelf usage has tripled — from more than one million visits to more than three million visits annually.
  • In 2010, almost 14 percent of Minnesota households did not have enough money to buy food.
  • In 2010, food shelf usage increased on average 14 percent and in the Twin Cities’ suburbs some food shelves reported a 60 percent increase.
  • Hunger touches people of every age: 56 percent of food shelf visitors are families with children and 20 percent are seniors.
  • More than 50 percent of adult food shelf visitors are employed and 65 percent make less than $1,000 a month, not enough income to cover their basic needs.

Sources: Food shelf reports, (2010); Food Research and Action Center (2010); Minnesota FoodShare Survey of Food Shelves (2009); Children’s Defense