The Hormel Hunger Surveys provide a comprehensive profile of the perception of hunger in America. Hormel Foods has commissioned this study for the past five years. The purpose was to better understand the attitudes and behaviors of the American general public relative to the key domestic issues of poverty and hunger. The 2010 survey results include several new revelations about how hunger issues have been compounded by the economic recession.

Key Findings from 2010 include:

  • More than one in four (28 percent) Americans say in the past year they or someone they know have had to make a choice between providing food for their family or paying their bills;

  • Six out of 10 Americans do not believe we will solve the hunger problem in the United States in the next 20 years, while about one-third (35 percent) think we will solve this problem. The rest are unsure;

  • About two-thirds (65 percent) of Americans have donated food to a food bank or other food collection group in the past year, and smaller majority (57 percent) have donated money to these organizations. Slightly less than one in four (23 percent) say they have volunteered time with such a group;

  • One in 10 (10 percent) Americans say they personally have gone to bed hungry at least once in the past year because they could not afford enough food. Seven percent (one in 14 people) say their household has received food from a food bank or other charity in the past year because they did not have enough money for food; and

  • A majority (57 percent) of Americans said if they thought they would qualify for food aid, they would apply to receive it. More than one-third (38 percent), however, said they would not apply.

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