'35.5 million Americans found hungry in 2006' - US Census Bureau
The data from the Census Bureau does not include the homeless who number about three-quarters of a million people on any given day in 2005, according to federal estimates.
Among the findings:
* Among families, about 12.6 million, or 10.9 per cent, reported going hungry for at least some period last year. Those disproportionately reporting hunger were single mothers (30.4 percent); black households (21.8 per cent); Hispanic households (19.5 per cent); and households with incomes below the official poverty line (36.3 per cent).
* States with families reporting higher prevalence of hunger from 2004-2006 included: Mississippi (18.1 per cent); New Mexico (16.1 per cent); Texas (15.9 per cent); and South Carolina (14.7 per cent).
* Of the 35.5 million people reporting periods of hunger last year, 12.6 million were children.