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Feed The Poor

SCLC is working hard to bring access to food to our most impoverished areas in the country. We understand that though related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Poverty is only one of many factors associated with food insecurity. In fact, higher unemployment, lower household assets, and certain demographic characteristics also lead to a lack of access to adequate, nutritious food. Our partnerships in working with us both have unique and innovative ways to address feeding the poor.

Living Well, is a leading company in urban agriculture. It focuses on transforming urban communities by utilizing space left by gentrification and abandoned lots and turning it into full and vibrant gardens. This allows the community to have access to organically grown vegetables and fruit that is both affordable and healthy for them. It has the added benefit of removing the eyesores of abandoned lots and vacant buildings in our cities.
VMP Nutrition Foundation is waging a campaign against malnutrition! They provide products that are easy to transport and store while providing the essential nutrients needed to a healthy body. These nutrition bars are an innovative way to provide nutrition that is readily available and easy to consume.

HUNGER & POVERTY STATISTICS – UNITED STATES
Poverty
• In 2013, 45.3 million people (14.5 percent) were in poverty.
• In 2013, 26.4 million (13.6 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
• In 2013, 14.7 million (19.9 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
• In 2013, 4.2 million (9.5 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
• In 2012, the overall poverty rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 16 percent, as compared with the official poverty rate of 15 percent.
• Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 49.7 million people living in poverty, nearly 3 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (47.0 million).

Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security
• In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children.
• In 2013, 14 percent of households (17.5 million households) were food insecure.
• In 2013, 6 percent of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security.
• In 2013, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without HUNGER & POVERTY STATISTICS

Poverty
• In 2013, 45.3 million people (14.5 percent) were in poverty.
• In 2013, 26.4 million (13.6 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
• In 2013, 14.7 million (19.9 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
• In 2013, 4.2 million (9.5 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
• In 2012, the overall poverty rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 16 percent, as compared with the official poverty rate of 15 percent.[ii]
• Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 49.7 million people living in poverty, nearly 3 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (47.0 million).[iii]
• Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security[iv]
• In 2013, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 33.3 million adults and 15.8 million children.
• In 2013, 14 percent of households (17.5 million households) were food insecure.
• In 2013, 6 percent of households (6.8 million households) experienced very low food security.
• In 2013, households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 20 percent compared to 12 percent.
• In 2013, households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (20%), especially households with children headed by single women (34%) or single men (23%), Black non-Hispanic households (26%) and Hispanic households (24%).
• In 2011, 4.8 million seniors (over age 60), or 8 percent of all seniors were food insecure.
• Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 4 percent in Slope County, ND to a high of 33 percent in Humphreys County, MS.

The above statistics were provided by the United States Census Bureau