Hunger Statistics

The Facts

Arizona Hunger Statistics

1 in 4 Children is food insecure

1 in 5 Adults is food insecure

1 in 7 Seniors is food insecure

Food Insecurity Within Our Service Area

225,598 Individuals

93,525 Children

84,493 Households

How We Help Those in Your Community

  • On average, 28,000 different people are assisted weekly
  • 203 Community Partners
  • 284 Hunger Relief Programs
  • 535,745 Emergency Food Boxes
  • 20,976,287 Pounds Distributed Last Yeas
  • 17,480,239 Meals Distributed Last Year

Who We Help in Our Communities

  • 30 percent of household members are children under age 18
  • 20 percent of household members are seniors
  • 70 percent of the families have incomes below the federal poverty level
  • 54 percent of the households have someone who is working

Your neighbors we serve here in the East Valley and surrounding counties currently experience or have experienced some of the following situations in the past 12 months:

  • 65 percent report having to choose between buying food and paying for utilities
  • 53 percent report having to choose between buying food and paying their rent or mortgage
  • 60 percent report having to choose between buying food and paying for medical care
  • 29 percent report having to choose between buying food and paying for transportation

Definitions

  • Food Security refers to access to enough food at all times for an active and healthy life. At a minimum, food security includes: the ready availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, and an assured ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways (without resorting to emergency food supplies, scavenging, stealing, or other coping strategies, for example).
  • Food Insecurity occurs whenever the availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods, or the ability to acquire acceptable foods in socially acceptable ways, is limited or uncertain.
  • Hunger is the uneasy or painful sensation caused by a recurrent or involuntary lack of food and is a potential, although not necessary consequence of food insecurity. Over time, hunger may result in malnutrition.

*This information comes from Feeding America’s 2014 Hunger in America Study, U.S. Census Bureau data, and internal United Food Bank data.