Hunger Initiatives


We sponsor two programs here at CELTS to help address hunger in our community:

What Causes Hunger?

Stacks of empty bowlsAccording to Bread for the World there are many reasons why hunger exists in our world.  Here are just a few listed on their website:

  • Not enough jobs.
  • Low wages. Salaries not enough to lift them out of poverty.
  • 23 percent of the world’s population possesses 85 percent of the world’s wealth.
  • Not enough education.
  • Unfair treatment of women.
  • Famine and disasters.
  • Unfair laws.

World and Domestic Hunger Statistics

  • With almost 870 million people chronically undernourished in 2010-’12, the number of hungry people in the world remains unacceptably high. The vast majority live in developing countries, where about 850 million people, or slightly fewer than 15 percent of the population, are estimated to be under-nourished.1
  • In 2011, 14.9 percent (17.9 million households) were food insecure.  5.7 percent of U.S. households (6.8 million households and one-third of all food-insecure households) had very low food security.  In these households, food intake of some household members was reduced and normal eating patterns were disrupted at times during the year due to limited resources.2
  • SNAP-formerly the Food Stamp Program- accounted for 73 percent of all federal food and nutrition assistance spending in 2012.  During fiscal year 2012, an average 46.6 million persons per month participated in the program.  Benefits averaged $133.00 per person per month. 3

Local Statistics

  • In 2006-’10, 3,966 Madison County children (23.3 percent) lived in poverty.4
  • In SY 2011-’12, 56 percent of children in Madison County school district qualified for free or reduced lunch and 59 percent of Berea Independent students qualified.5

Additional Sources

  • “Are We On Track to End Hunger? Hunger Report 2004”.  Bread for the World Institute. 2004
  • “World Development Indicators 2008.”  The World Bank.  February 2008


1 State of Food Insecurity in the World, 2012 FAO.  “Food Security Statistics”,

2 “Household Food Security in the United States in 2011”,

3 “Food Assistance Landscape.” USDA Food and Nutrition Service,