Press Advisory

PRESS CALL: The Cost of Hunger in America

Listen to the press call here. (mp3)

Wednesday, October 5, 2011, 12:30 p.m. ET

Washington, D.C.—The Center for American Progress and Brandeis University tomorrow will release a groundbreaking report detailing the social and economic costs of hunger in America. The report, “Hunger in America, Suffering We All Pay For,” finds that in addition to federal expenditures to address hunger, the social and economic costs of hunger and food insecurity were $167.5 billion in 2005.

The report isolates three major costs that society bears due to rising rates of hunger and food insecurity: illness, poor educational outcomes, and the cost of charity. The report also estimates the cost of hunger at the state level and reveals that while the “hunger bill” rose in every state since the onset of the recession, 15 states saw the cost of hunger rise by over 40 percent, compared to the national increase of 33 percent.

Please join the Center for American Progress’s Donna Cooper and Brandeis University’s Professor Donald Shepard for a press call tomorrow, Wednesday, October 5 at 12:30 p.m. ET, to discuss how all Americans bear the cost of hunger in our nation, and how everyone will benefit when this burden is reduced.


  • Donna Cooper, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress
  • Donald S. Shepard, Ph.D., Professor at the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy at the Heller School, Brandeis University

Wednesday, October 5, 2011 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Call info:
(877) 210-8943

Conference ID:
# 16335841

To RSVP for the call please contact Katie Peters at 202.741-6285 or [email protected].

**Please note, this call will be recorded. By participating in the call, you consent to being recorded.**