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Hunger’s Harsh Reality: Cutting Lives Short and Stealing Futures

PRESS RELEASE: January 29, 2024

In the heart of the wealthiest nation on Earth, a silent crisis brews, cloaked in the shadows of abundance. Recent findings from JAMA Internal Medicine reveal a harrowing truth: food insecurity—a condition not of scarcity, but of access—shaves years off the lives of Americans, perpetuating a cycle of despair and early death. Imagine, if you will, living your life knowing that the very essence of survival, food, remains just beyond your reach. This is the daily reality for millions, where the lack of adequate nourishment leads not only to hunger but to a shortened life span, marked by the specter of cardiovascular disease and cancer.

Our research uncovers a stark disparity: individuals with very low food security live, on average, 4.5 fewer years post-50 than those without such worries. The gap widens even further when viewed through the lenses of gender and race, with women and white adults disproportionately affected. This isn’t just a crisis; it’s a national emergency.

We stand at a pivotal moment—a time to transform our empathy into action. By supporting Heritage Foundation USA, you’re not just donating; you’re reigniting the hope and extending the lives of those caught in the grip of food insecurity. Your contribution can pave the way for equitable food access, ensuring that no American must endure the pain of an empty table and a shortened life. Join us in this vital mission. Together, we can turn the tide on hunger and forge a future where food security is a right, not a privilege. Join us and make a difference today!


Johnson, Steven Ross. “Study: Food Insecurity Tied to Shorter Life, Early Death.” U.S. News & World Report, 29 Jan. 2024,

Hunger’s Harsh Reality: Cutting Lives Short and Stealing Futures
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