Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. As the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity, our food bank members supply food to more than 46 million Americans each year, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Feeding America benefits from the unique relationship between our 200 local food banks at the front lines of hunger relief and the central efforts of our national office.
Hunger in America exists for over 49 million people. That is 1 in 6 of the population. As the U.S. faces the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, more people have fallen into the grips of hunger than ever before. It does not matter if you live in an urban, suburban or rural setting - hunger has no boundaries. In the United States 1 out of 4 children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.
The Feeding America network provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 46 million Americans including nearly 12 million children and 7 million seniors in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. Each year, we secure and distribute more than 3 billion pounds of food and grocery products to 61,000 agencies nationwide working as a cohesive system to solve the hunger crisis.
Last year, the Feeding America network provided food and grocery product to 46 million people. Today, more than ever, Feeding America is committed to creating a hunger-free America. To meet the need, Feeding America is looking ahead to anticipate how to meet the challenges of the next wave of domestic hunger. As more people find themselves in need, the Feeding America network must be prepared to serve that need and minimize the chance that any American goes hungry.