National Survey on American’s Attitudes about Hunger

Posted by Food Research and Action Center on November 17, 2014

National Survey Finds Bipartisan Majority Look to Government to Lead Much-Needed Fight Against Hunger
Americans seeing and experiencing hunger

A new survey (pdf) finds that Americans believe that hunger is a serious problem in the U.S. and that government, more than individuals or communities, must play a key role in helping solve it. The survey, commissioned by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) and Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), found that 45 percent of Americans say that hunger in the U.S. is a “serious problem.” Just 15 percent do not believe hunger is a problem at all in the United States today.

According to the survey, two out of five Americans have either experienced hunger in the past year or personally know someone who has – that includes nearly half of people aged 18 to 34. Nearly three in 10 Americans (and half of millennials) say that either they or a member of their immediate family have used government food assistance programs in the past couple of years. That includes at least 25 percent of nearly every major demographic subgroup. While the survey showed widespread awareness of hunger as a regional and national challenge, still only 24 percent of respondents believed it was a problem in their own communities.

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