Families Feeding Families defines hunger as the inability to purchase enough food to meet basic nutritional needs. Hunger does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, or sex. It affects the elderly, the unemployed, the disabled, the homeless, the working poor and victims of natural disaster.
Oklahoma Hunger Statistics
Hunger is a sad and unfortunate reality for thousands of families and individuals.
For the school year 2005-2006 statistics regarding the National Free and Reduced Lunch program are as follows:
One in five children in Oklahoma is at risk going to bed hungry.
In the District of Bryan County alone, our poverty rate is 21%. This is 6% above the Oklahoma state poverty rate of 15%.
In the state of Oklahoma, our elderly poverty rate is 13%, with the national average being 10%.
Among client households with children, 49% are single-parent households and 51% are two-parent households.
63% of adult clients skip meals because there is not enough money for food.
According to the latest data from the Food Research and Action Center, Oklahoma ranks ninth in the country for having hungry or food insecure citizens, with 15% of households suffering from some level of food insecurity. Food insecurity means that a family cannot afford nutritious foods or cannot afford even enough food to ward off hunger.
Let the hungry children
be your inspiration.