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  • 1 in 9 individuals in the state are food insecure
  • 40,440 children under the age of 18 are food insecure in the state
  • 1 in 5 children in the Manchester area are food insecure
  • The Food Bank works with nearly 400 partner agencies throughout the state

In 2013:

  • We distributed over 8.5 million pounds of food
  • We had 25,760 volunteer hours logged
  • The Recipe for Success Culinary Job Training Program prepared over 91,406 meals for the community
  • From the garden we were able to glean 1,500 pounds of food
  • Cooking MattersĀ® held a total of 45 courses throughout the state for kids, teens, families and parents
  • Our agency relations team made 423 agency visits

Did you know?*

  • The official poverty rate in 2009 was 14.3% - up from 13.2% in 2008. This was the second statistically significant annual increase in the poverty rate since 2004.
  • In 2009, 43.6 million people were in poverty, up from 39.8 million in 2008 - the third consecutive annual increase in the number of people in poverty.
  • Between 2008 and 2009, the poverty rate increasedfor non-Hispanic Whites (from 8.6% to 9.4%), for Blacks (from 24.7% to 25.8%), and for Hispanics (from 23.2% to 25.3%). For Asians, the 2009 poverty rate (12.5%) was not statistically different from the 2008 poverty rate.
  • The poverty rate in 2009 (14.3%) was the highest poverty rate since 1994 but was 8.1 percentage points lower than the poverty rate in 1959, the first year for which poverty estimates are available.
  • The number of people in poverty in 2009 (43.6 million) is the largest number in the 51 years for which poverty estimates have been published.
  • Between 2008 and 2009, the poverty rate increased for children under the age of 18 (from 19.0% to 20.7%) and people aged 18 to 64 (from 11.7% to 12.9%), but decreased for people aged 65 and older (from 9.7% to 8.9%). 
 *Information taken from the U.S. Census Bureau website.


Poverty and Hunger in New Hampshire*

People Quick FactsNew HampshireUSA
Population, 2009 estimate1,324,575307,006,550
Bachelor's degree or higher, pct of persons age 25+, 200028.7%24.4%
Persons with a disability, age 5+, 2000   193,89349,746,248
Home ownership rate, 2000 69.7%66.2%
Households, 2000 474,606105,480,101
Persons per household, 2000 2.532.59
Median household income, 2008 $63,235$52,029
Per capita money income, 1999 $23,844$21,587
Persons below poverty level, percent, 2008  7.8%13.2%
Persons per square mile, 2000 137.879.6

*Information taken from the U.S. Census Bureau website


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