15 Million Feeding 6 Billion

Our Commitment to Alleviating Hunger

One out of every six Americans suffers from hunger and 49 million Americans are food insecure. Always a challenge, hunger is an even bigger problem in these difficult economic times. Demand for food assistance from food banks has increased 46 percent since 2006. 

America’s food and beverage companies have a strong commitment to alleviating hunger, and they are doing more to feed hungry Americans than anyone else.

The Facts

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We’re doing more to feed hungry Americans than anyone else.

  • We estimate that in the past three years, the food sector contributed at least $3 billion in food and cash to fight hunger. Of that amount, we estimate that food manufacturers contributed at least $1 billion in food and cash. (Source: Georgetown Economic Services. Click here for detailed report.)
  • Through our partnership with Feeding America, the nation’s largest network of community food banks, we help feed 37 million hungry Americans by donating 1.5 billion pounds of food.
  • Forty-four percent of Feeding America’s food donations come from America’s food and beverage manufacturers and retail grocers.  They are the largest source of contributions.

Feeding the U.S. and Billions of People Around the Globe

  • The global population was one billion in 1800.  Now, there are more than six billion people around the globe.
  • The more than 15 million people working in the U.S. food sector help feed 6 billion people around the world.
  • Our companies actively support federal feeding assistance programs such as the school lunch program and SNAP (supplemental nutrition assistance program).
  • To ensure federal food assistance dollars go further towards feeding hungry Americans, GMA supports policies that reduce high and volatile commodity prices and minimize food price inflation.