Monday, June 11, 2007

How much does hunger really cost us?

Hunger in America leads to $90 billion a year in societal costs, such impaired educational outcomes that scientific research has linked to children not getting enough to eat and mental and physical illnesses resulting from inadequate nutrition, a study says.

For Florida, the cost is $4.5 billion.

Boosting anti-hunger spending by an additional $10 billion to $12 billion a year is cost-effective and could even "virtually end hunger" in America, the report concludes.

On average, each person living in the U.S. pays $300 annually for the hunger bill. On a household basis this cost is $800 a year.

Read the report, The Economic Cost of Domestic Hunger, here.

Thanks to Lucky White Girl for the link.


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