870 million people around the world live in hunger. By 2050, demand for food is expected to increase by 60 percent. Also, by 2050, the number of people at risk of hunger as a result of climate change is expected to increase by 10 to 20 percent. Higher temperatures are expected to reduce crop yields, allow damaging weeds and insects to spread, and shift precipitation patterns worldwide.
Every day, almost 16,000 children die from hunger-related causes. That’s one child every five seconds. In 2008, nearly 9 million children died before they reached their fifth birthday.The World Bank estimates that the spike in global food prices in 2008, followed by the global economic recession in 2009 and 2010 has pushed between 100-150 million people into poverty. About 75% of the world’s poor people live in rural areas and depend on agriculture for their livelihood.
The United States is the wealthiest nation yet 14.5 percent of U.S. households—nearly 49 million Americans, including 16.2 million children—struggle to put food on the table. The Food Stamp Program, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC), the National School Lunch Program, and 12 other nutrition programs are run by the U.S., but is this enough? About half of all American children will receive SNAP benefits at some point before age 20. Among African-American children, 90 percent will enroll in SNAP before age 20. 51% of Americans will live in poverty at some point before the age of 65!
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