During 2014, more than 21.5 million low-income children received free or reduced-price meals daily through the National School Lunch Program. Unfortunately, during that same time, fewer than 2.7 million children participated daily in the Summer Food Service Program
Rates of food insecurity among rural households are generally higher than urban households. The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the same rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides food to Americans.
An estimated 25 – 40% of food grown, processed and transported in the US will never be consumed. When food is disposed in a landfill it rots and becomes a significant source of methane – a potent greenhouse gas with serious side effects, including global warming.
Elderly households are much less likely to receive help through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) than non-elderly households, even though expected benefits are roughly the same.