Tyson Foods announces the launch of Know Hunger today with a release of the results of a nationwide survey on Americans’ attitudes and perceptions of hunger, completed in cooperation with the Food Research and Action Center.
Three big takeaways from the survey:
One in four Americans worries about not having enough money to put food on the table at some point next year.
Americans across the country do indeed see hunger as a signficant national problem; one that deserves our support.
Despite perceiving hunger as a serious national problem, most see hunger as less of a problem in their own communities.
Tyson Foods also announced they are donating a million pounds of Tyson products in 36 cities across the country. We’re pleased to be partnering with 23 different customers, many of whom also have hunger as their primary cause.
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In Chicago, The Greater Chicago Food Depository is experiencing a “new normal” in hunger relief. Two years after the economic downturn, member pantries are still facing near-record levels of demand for food. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 66 million pounds of nonperishable food and fresh produce, dairy products and meat—the equivalent of 135,000 meals every day—through a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters.
The Food Depository now serves 678,000 people annually, a 36 percent increase over three years ago. That’s one in eight people in Cook County.
47 percent of households say they have to choose between paying for food and utilities
44 percent report choosing between paying for food and rent or mortgage
28 percent of clients say they have to choose between food and paying for medicine or healthcare
— Greater Chicago Food Dipository
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