On Oahu, the percentage of people living under the federal poverty level is 7.8% — approximately 70,914 people. (Center of the Family, University of Hawaii)
Feeding Hawaii Together meets the needs of an estimated 3,000 of these adults monthly. In 2015 alone, we met the food needs of 76,750 adults, 12,698 Children, and 53,038 Households with 3,220,061 lbs of food.
17.4 million American families — almost 15 percent of U.S. households — are now “food insecure,” an almost 30 percent increase since 2006. This means that during any given month, they will be out of money, out of food, and forced to miss meals or seek assistance to feed themselves. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, 2010)
The U.S. ranks toward the bottom of the world’s richest countries in how it cares for its children in poverty.
Poverty can impede children’s ability to learn and contribute to social, emotional, and behavioral problems. Poverty also can contribute to poor physical and mental health. (National Center for Children in Poverty, 2010)
On Oahu, the percentage of children under 18 years old in families with income below the federal poverty line are 9.5% — approximately 18,930 children. (Center of the Family, University of Hawaii)
Feeding Hawaii Together meets the needs of an estimated 2,000 of these children monthly. In the month of June 2013 alone, we helped 1,083 children meet their food needs.
Millions of Americans move in and out of poverty over a lifetime. More than half the U.S. population will live in poverty at some point before age 65. (Urban Institute, 2010)