Hunger Facts

Hunger Facts

Food Bank of the Rockies keeps up to date on the latest research about hunger and poverty in our community.  Below are data gleaned from resources as of May, 2014.

Who Are The Hungry?

From the report ‘Hunger in America 2010 – Local Report prepared for Food Bank of the Rockies” by Mathematica Policy Research Inc.

  • 42% of the members of households served by FBR are children under 18 years old
  • 10% of the members of households served by FBR are children age 0 to 5 years
  • 5% of the members of households served by FBR are elderly
  • 43% of households include at least one employed adult
  • 71% have incomes below the official federal poverty level during the previous month
  • 49% report having to choose between paying for food or paying for utilities or heating fuel
  • 44% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage bill
  • 36% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care
  • 25% of households served by FBR have at least one household member in poor health

Hunger and Poverty in the United States

1 in 7 people in Colorado are deemed food insecure, according to a 2011 USDA survey.

Hunger and Poverty in Colorado

  • 12.9% of people in Colorado live in poverty. (quickfact.census.gov)
  • 18.1% of Colorado children live in poverty. (coloradokids.org)
  • 1 in 7 households in Colorado are food insecure, or food insecure with hunger (USDA – 2012)
  • Colorado has seen some of the fastest increases in child poverty, with more than 224,000 children living at or below the poverty level. (coloradokids.org – 2014)
  • Poverty in Colorado has increased since 2001. The total poverty rate in Colorado increased from 9.6% in 2001 to 12.9% in 2012. Furthermore, Colorado’s child poverty rate increased from 12.2% in 2001 to 18.1% in 2012.
  • 7% of Colorado seniors live below 100% of poverty and 28% live below 200% of poverty.

Resources for Additional Research

Denver’s Road Home Point in Time Study 2013

Kids Count Report 2014

USDA Food Insecurity Report 2010 – 2012  

QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau

A State-by-State Snapshot of Hunger Among Seniors