key-figures.pngIn 2016, thanks to the commitment of 113,000 volunteers, Stop Hunger operated in 44 countries, distributed the equivalent of nearly 5.7 million meals to people in need and raised $4.6 million to help fund innovative projects to fight hunger.

Our global objectives for 2020 enable us to measure our efforts and guide our actions. They include: 

  • Donating 10 million meals (or meal equivalents) / year
  • Raising $10 million to continue funding projects / year
  • Engaging 200,000 volunteers to take action locally / year


  • More than 42 million people living in the United States, including 13 million children, lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year. Source: USDA
  • Rates of food insecurity are substantially higher than the national average among households with incomes near or below the federal poverty line (32.8 percent), among households with children headed by a single woman (30.3 percent), and among black (21.5 percent) and Hispanic (19.1 percent) households. Source: USDA 
  • 1 in 7 Americans rely on food pantries & meal service programs to feed their families. Source: Feeding America 
  • More than 30 million children receive free or reduced-price lunch each school day. Less than half of them get breakfast, and nearly 9% have access to summer meal sites. Source: USDA 
  • 40% of food in the U.S. goes to waste. Reducing waste by 15% could feed more than 25 million Americans every year. Source: Natural Resources Defense Council 
  • Americans throw away the equivalent of $165 billion each year. Moreover, almost all of that uneaten food ends up rotting in landfills where it decomposes and releases methane, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas that is 21 times more potent than carbon dioxide. Source: Natural Resources Defense Council