Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week always takes place during the month of November. The actual week isn’t until November 14th and it will last through November 22nd. American Heritage Insurance Group wanted to reach out to our customers before the week actually occurs so they can take part in helping to solve this world issue.
As you know, Cincinnati has become a major focus especially when it comes to hungry youth. There is even a special series by Local 12 News on the fight against hunger. See the news articles and videos here. Overall Cincinnati has even been ranked as the Number 2 city for childhood poverty. There is also a large number of adults living in poverty in Cincinnati as well.
Hunger and Homelessness Statistics
Here are statistics involving hunger and homelessness Globally:
- There are 795 million hungry people in the world. That’s 1 in 9 people.
- Every year, approximately 3.1 million children under the age of 5, die from malnutrition
- Worldwide, 1 billion people (just under 15% of the world’s population), live on the equivalent of $1.25 a day.
Here are statistics involving hunger and homelessness in the United States:
- 46.7 million people (14.8%) were in poverty
- 15.5 million (21.2%) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
- 48.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 32.8 million adults and 15.3 million children
- 45.3 million people are living in poverty, including 14.7 million children. That’s 1 in 5 American children.
Here are statistics involving hunger and homelessness in Cincinnati:
- 316,000 adults and 167,000 children are living in poverty in the Cincinnati Tri-state area
- 53.1 percent of children live in poverty in Cincinnati
- Cincinnati ranked No. 2 for highest child poverty out of 76 major U.S. cities in 2012
How Can You Get Involved?
There are various ways to get involved to help with the hunger and homelessness epidemic. You can volunteer at homeless shelters, soup kitchens, food pantries etc. You can also get your work, church, school, and other groups involved. We’ve compiled a list of websites where you can find more information on how to get involved.
- Feeding America – Ways to Give
- Freestore Food Bank – Events, Ways to Give
- Local Food Pantries
- Local Soup Kitchens
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