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Hunger Facts of Hawaii and Our Nation

Food insecurity refers to United States Department of Agriculture’s ( USDA ) 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.

Food insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time.  Food insecurity may affect a household needs to make trade-off between important basic needs, such as housing costs or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate food. 

At Feeding Hawaii Together, it is part of our mission to eliminate this trading off monthly so that these individuals and families may keep their homes – preventing homelessness.

Food insecure Households in Hawaii – 488,000 households




Number of households Food insecurity            Very low food security
  (low or very low food security)
Average Interviewed Prevalence Margin of error2 Prevalence Margin of error2
HI 488,000 1,469 8.0 * 1.43 3.2 * 0.79

 ( USDA research between the years of 2016 to 2018 )

Feeding Hawaii Together ( FHT ) meets the needs of an estimated 3,000 of these adults monthly.  FHT has met the needs of 76,750 adults, 12,698 children and 53, 038 households with 3,220,061 lbs. of food a year.

40 million American families – almost 12 percent of U.S. households – are now food insecure; 1 out of 6 households.  This means that during a given month, they will be out of money, out of food, and forced to miss meals or seek assistance to feed themselves.  (World Education Service 2017 )

Feeding Hawaii Together is that assistance ready to help these households here on Oahu.

On Oahu, the percentage of children under 18 years age in families with income below the federal poverty line are 12.2% and the percentage of family income within the poverty line is 9.6% – approximately 18,930 children

( Center of the Family, University of Hawaii 2013 )


Supporting Feeding Hawaii Together helps to support these families with children and individuals within the federal poverty line to live a healthy life by being open to them weekly for their food needs in a grocery store style food pantry.

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