Feeding America reports that more than 50 million Americans are hungry, with one in six adults and more than one in five children not having consistent access to food. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, that translates into 16.7 million children under 18 in the United States living in households where they are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food for a healthy life. The effects of poor or limited access to nutrition can be long-lasting, especially for children, impacting not just their health but their physical and mental development, their ability to do well in school, and their mental health. Additionally, food insecure individuals are at risk of developing a wide range of chronic illnesses throughout their lives.
To help these needs, we expanded the focus area of HKHF in 2013 from Nutrition Education to Nutrition by concentrating our efforts on food security in our communities. We partnered with over 20 food banks, and other key partners, to help eliminate barriers to receiving food and target the needs of the hungry in Illinois, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Our partners estimate more than 28 million pounds of food will be distributed through our support, impacting more than 433,000 adults and 285,000 children.
- More than 28 million pounds of food
- Over 433,000 adults impacted
- 285,000 children impacted