Hunger Facts

An estimated 1 in 8 persons around the world are chronically hungry; in The Bahamas that number is more like 1 in 6. Hunger is a silent struggle for many. The facts about hunger in The Bahamas and beyond may surprise you.

Striking Local Statistics

  • 11.1% of the Bahamian population lives below the poverty line
  • An estimated 43,000 Bahamians live in poverty, ie: have an annual household income of approximately $4,247 per year, families surviving off of $11.64 per day to meet food needs (14.9% of income) and other living expenses
  • 50% of those living in poverty are children ages 14 or under
  • 34% of poor youth (ages 15-24) are unemployed and undereducated
  • The rate of unemployment stands at 16.2%

Global Hunger Epedemic

  • Despite the impression you often get from the media, emergencies account for less than 8% of hunger victims
  • Few people realize that there are over 1 billion hungry people in the world– more than the combined populations of the United States, Canada, and the European Union
  • Globally, the most vulnerable to hunger are: children, pregnant and nursing women, single mothers, the elderly, the homeless, the unemployed, ethnic and racial minorities, and the working poor
  • Roughly ¾ of undernourished people live in low-income, rural areas of developing countries
  • Hunger affects more persons globally than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined