Poverty, Employment, Homelessness, and Hunger

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Children and adults face hunger in every community in the Triangle. Your neighbor, child’s classmate or even coworker may be struggling to get enough to eat. The economy may have improved since the Great Recession, but the recovery is still leaving some of the Americans who were hit the hardest behind. Many people in the Triangle are still struggling to get by because of underemployment, stagnant wages and rising costs of living.

Affected Populations

Hunger can affect people from all walks of life. Many Americans are one job loss or medical crisis away from food insecurity – but some people, including children and seniors, may be at greater risk of hunger than others. Nationally, the rate of hunger among seniors aged 60 and older has increased by 53% since 2001, and is projected to increase another 50% by 2025.¹

Fast Facts (2016-2017)²

Total Triangle population2,394,401
Number of people who are food insecure371,570
% of population that is food insecure15.5%
Number of children under 18 who are food insecure117,470
Individuals over 65 living in poverty26,680
% of children receiving free/reduced school meals61.2%

Connected Issues

Hunger is also connected to poverty, homelessness, health, and education.

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