This Thanksgiving, many of us have much to be grateful for and will be celebrating with a big meal. But did you know that 1 in 6 Americans may not have much of anything on their tables this Thanksgiving? Participants at the Global Youth Village international summer program grappled with the severe issue of hunger this summer and helped to prepare and serve a meal at a local soup kitchen operated by Feeding America. Feeding America is the country’s largest domestic hunger relief charity. GYV youth found their service trip to be a rewarding experience. Israel Ortiz said, ” I had no idea that hunger was such a serious issue in our country. I’m glad I’m more educated about it…and that I helped cook and a serve a meal to my fellow citizens.” In total, participants donated more than 100 hours of service to Feeding America.
Here are some shocking facts about hunger in America:
-In 2010, 48.8 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 32.6 million adults and 16.2 million children.
-In 2010, 4.8 percent of all U.S. households (5.6 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times.
Test your knowledge to see how much you know about hunger in America by taking the following quiz.