Unemployed and Long-term Unemployed

  • Laid off
  • Lack of part-time job due to age, over-qualified
  • Sole wage earner in family with children
  • Lack of education
  • Company closed down, moved out of the city/state
  • Inability to use new technology
  • Language barriers
  • Monthly unemployment checks run out
  • Unable to type and or use internet
  • Lack of health insurance
  • Unable to meet health insurance premiums
  • Unable to meet mortgage or rent payments
  • Forced into bankruptcy
  • Increased risk of illness and disease in family
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Fear and shame in not being able to care for family as they are accustomed to
  • Low desire to learn new technology because of lack of education

Working Poor

  • Part-time work only available
  • Lack of education
  • Earn low wages
  • Transportation barriers
  • Child care barriers
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Disabled veterans
  • Lack of stamina to work
  • Increased susceptibility to illness
  • Missed hours of work time
  • Frustration and hopelessness
  • Lost sense of responsibility
  • Have a hard time making ends meet because of the cost of living
  • Children are most affected because they do not have enough nutritional food
  • Hunger has no racial boundaries nor economic boundaries

Families With Children

  • Highest percentage of population in poverty
  • Children unable to care for themselves
  • Children have limited voices
  • Children's needs are easily dismissed and overlooked
  • Children are unable to access feeding programs and services
  • Children experience impaired cognition leading to school failure
  • Permanent brain damage
  • Children have reduced ability to use or learn proper social skills
  • Hungry children have behavioral problems


  • Don't have enough income to afford nutritious food
  • Difficulty surviving on small fixed incomes
  • Not able to find part-time jobs to supplement income
  • Difficulty in paying for needed medications
  • Lack of necessary medications makes eating unpleasant or difficult
  • Increased hospitalization
  • Seniors living alone have difficulty meeting expenses
  • Increased number of hungry seniors
  • Depression and/or anxiety
  • Increased risk of illness and disease
  • Increased visits to doctors and higher cost of medicine which they can't afford
  • Seriously affects seniors living alone with no advocate
  • Premature death

The Homeless

  • Closing of institutions designed to care for disabled/children or victims of domestic violence
  • Unemployment
  • Alcohol/substance abuse
  • Mentally disabled
  • Hunger
  • Increased risk of diseases
  • Hopelessness
  • Fear and/or depression
  • Destructive choices
  • Lost sense of responsibility


  • Discriminatory barriers
  • Typically paid low wages
  • Language barriers
  • Barriers to educational opportunities
  • Employment opportunities in today's hi-tech economy are very difficult
  • Older men and women have difficulty finding part-time jobs

  • Depression
  • Uninsured and lack of medications
  • Alienation
  • Continued barriers to achievement
  • Feelings of fear and sense of responsibility and pride
  • Destructive choices


  • Cuts in funding to care for individuals
  • Inability to feed themselves
  • Lack of desire to eat
  • Limited employment

  • Depression
  • Increased susceptibility to illness
  • Missed hours of work time
  • Frustration and hopelessness
  • Lost sense of responsibility and pride