We might not expect the United States, as one of the wealthiest nations in the world, to have problems ensuring adequate nutrition for its most vulnerable citizens. But, in fact, hunger is a systemic and dangerously large problem, both nationally and in Ohio.
The numbers don't lie.
As of 2016, the following statistics tell the story of hunger both nationally and in Ohio. We're fairly certain you'll find some of these facts shocking:
"The 48 Million"
Fact: There are over 48 million hungry people in the United States.
If it took only 1 second to count each hungry person, it would take over 555 days to count all of the hungry people in our country.
Fact: Ohio has one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country - ranking 47th.
Of correlating concern is the fact that 35% of Ohio households are considered low-income
and 1.8 million Ohioans live in poverty.
"The Working Poor"
Fact: 80% of Low-income Ohio households work.
Sometimes people assume that those who struggle to make ends meet are lazy and don't work. Contrary to this assumption, 8 out of every 10 low-income Ohio households are part of the workforce.
Fact: 1 in 4 Ohio kids are in homes struggling with food insecurity.
We live in one of the wealthiest countries in the world. And we still haven't figured out a way to keep 1 out of every 4 children from struggling with food insecurity in our state.
“Map the Meal Gap,” Feeding America. [http://map.feedingamerica.org].
“Ohio Poverty Report,” Ohio Development Services Agency. [https://www.development.ohio.gov/files/research/p7005.pdf].