Hunger Stats


Most of us can end the temporary experience of hunger. Unfortunately, more than 1.5 million individuals in Hong Kong do not have that choice.

  • 1 in 5 people in live in poverty
  • The poverty line for a one-person family is HK$3,275 per month
  • 40% of the Hong Kong population live in subsidised public housing
  • 100,000 people live in coffin, cage homes and rooftops
  • Over 1,000 people are homeless
  • Hong Kong has highest income gap between the rich and the poor of any developed economy in the world
  • The minimum wage, introduced in 2011, is HK$28 per hour
  • There are 650,000 working poor
  • 300,000 children do not get 3 meals a day
  • 1 in 3 seniors struggle to meet their basic nutritional needs

Sources: Hong Kong Council of Social Services, Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, SOCO, Oxfam Hong Kong

Hunger is also an issue around the world:

  • Hunger is the world’s number one health risk. It has killed more people every year than AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis combined
  • 1 in 7 people in the world will go hungry tonight
  • 1 out of 4 children in developing countries are underweight
  • There are more hungry people in the world than the combined populations of USA, Canada and the EU

Source: World Food Programme

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