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 October, 2014.

Who Are The Hungry?

Data from Hunger in America 2014 – Local Report prepared for Food Bank of the Rockies

  • FBR serves approximately 411,000 people annually.
  • 34% of clients receiving food through our partner agencies are children.  Adding in our Totes of Hope™ – Children, Kids Cafe and Snacks programs, children make up about half of the clients served through Food Bank of the Rockies.
  • 14% of clients are seniors, age 60+
  • 31% are White, 18% are Black/African American, 38% are Hispanic/Latino , 13% identify as some other race
  • 23% did not graduate high school or obtain a GED,  45% have a GED or HS Diploma, 25% have education beyond a high school diploma/GED and 7% have a 4-year college degree or higher
  • 10% are living in temporary housing
  • 10% do not have access to cooking facilities or refrigeration
  • 37% of households had a member working for pay in the last four weeks, 63% had a person working for pay in the last 12 months
  • 19% are grandparents who have responsibility for grandchildren who live with them
  • 21% have a household member who has served or is serving in the US military
  • 20% are in poor health
  • 93% have incomes less than $30K/year, 48% have incomes of $10K/year or less
  • 70% have incomes at or below the poverty level
  • 61% choose between medicine and food
  • 65% choose between mortgage/rent and food
  • 68% choose between transportation and food
  • 72% choose between utilities and food

Hunger and Poverty in Colorado

  • 12.9% of people ( nearly 1 in 7) in Colorado live in poverty. (
  • 18.1% of Colorado children live in poverty and 8%  are living in extreme poverty. ( – 2014)
  • 39% of Colorado children live in households with incomes less than 200% of poverty. ( – 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 2015

USDA Food Insecurity Report 2011 – 2013  

QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau

Feeding America 

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

The Colorado Children’s Campaign

Colorado Center on Law and Policy and Colorado Fiscal Policy Institute 

Piton Foundation

U.S. Census

USDA Cooperative State Research, Education and Extension service 

USDA Economic Research Service