Food insecurity refers to USDAs measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.

Georgia Statistics*

Rates (pre-covid)
People who are food insecure 1,213% (1 in 8)
People in the Food Bank’s 29-county service area who are food insecure 1,211% (1 in 9)
Children who are food insecure 1,216% (1 in 6)
Children in the Food Bank’s 29-county service area who are food insecure 1,214% (1 in 7)
Seniors (age 60 and older) who are food insecure 38% (1 in 13)
People who participate in SNAP 4, 615% (1 in7)
People who are food insecure and above 185% of the federal poverty line, making them ineligible for food assistance programs 136%
National Statistics*2018 Rate
People who are food insecure 1,212% (1 in 8)
Children who are food insecure 1,217% (1 in 6)
Seniors (age 60 and older) who are food insecure 37% (1 in14)
People who participate in SNAP 5, 613% (1 in 8)
People who are food insecure and above 185% of the federal poverty line, making them ineligible for food assistance programs 135%

General Food Bank Statistics (see below for pandemic-related updates)

 

Covid-19 Pandemic Related Statistics

  1. Gundersen, C., A. Dewey, E. Engelhard, M. Strayer & L. Lapinski. Map the Meal Gap 2020: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2018. Feeding America, 2020.
  2. Feeding America Research Team. The Impact of Corona Virus on Local Food Insecurity. Feeding America, 2020. https://feedingamerica.sharepoint.com/fsop/dr/COVID19/research/Local%20projections%20-%20FAQs-5.15.20.pdf
  3. Ziliak, J., Gundersen, C. The State of Senior Hunger in America in 2018. Feeding America, 2020.
  4. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Policy Support, Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2018, by Kathryn Cronquist. Project Officer, Jenny Genser White. Alexandria, VA, 2019.
  5. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, SNAP Data Tables, National Level Annual Summary, 2018.
  6. U.S. Census Bureau (2020). ACS 2018 5-Year Estimates, Age & Sex, State Level, Table S0101.
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