“Hunger in the United States” takes a look at the level of food insecurity in America. According to government data, at least one in eight Americans experiences some level of food insecurity, which is defined as limited or uncertain access to nutritious, safe foods necessary for a healthy lifestyle. Some 36.2 million Americans live in households considered within the lowest hunger categories. Though alarming, these statistics only depict needs based on the poverty lines set by the U.S. Census Bureau based on the Consumer Price Index.

This Sector Report examines the hunger problem and possible solutions. It lists effective faith-based programs that are seeking to address hunger issues here in America. And it identifies the Best Practices for this area of work.

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“Homelessness in the United States” examines the rising problem of homelessness in America, a situation impacted by the recession and resulting foreclosures. At the time of reporting, approximately 2 million people had experienced homelessness in the United States.

This Sector Report examines the regions of the country where the problem of homelessness is most extreme. For example 20 percent of homeless people were located in just three cities: New York City, Los Angeles and Detroit. The report puts a face to the problem by identifying the demographics of homelessness in America. It looks at the causes and contributing factors, as well as services and interventions. It concludes with the Best Practices for programs working to help those who are homeless.

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“Bible Advocacy” examines the context and environment for Bible Advocacy work in the United States. Based on the premise that the Bible “brand” is in serious disrepair in the United States, the report suggests that the problem may have more to do with negative perceptions of the Church or Christians than with the Bible itself.

This Sector Report examines American Bible Society’s approach to advocacy. It outlines how the ABS Arts & Media Bible Advocacy group is utilizing contemporary technology to shift perceptions in popular culture toward an increased openness to the Bible.

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“Scripture Engagement”
Most Americans view the Bible as a holy book. It is, by far, America’s most-popular book, and many Americans view it as the actual Word of God. Despite all of this, only a minority of Americans actually read the Bible on a regular basis. With 78 percent of Americans claiming to be Christians and 34 percent saying that they read the Bible at least once a week, there is an obvious disconnect between people’s stated faith and their level of engagement with the Bible.

This Sector Report looks at the difficulties in measuring the daily Bible reading habits of the U.S. population, even going so far as to find a common definition of “habit” within the research community. The report identifies the reasons why people do not read the Bible regularly and spells out the steps it would take to start a “Bible Movement.”

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“Veterans and the Church”
Many members of the U.S. military experience traumatic events that few others can comprehend. After witnessing the horrors of war, many Veterans return to civilian life spiritually and mentally wounded. With just one chaplain for every 25,000 Veterans, the military cannot keep up with the need. The church, especially those churches located near military installations, are best positioned to help Veterans as they reconnect with their families and rebuild their lives.

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“Church-Run Military Ministry”
Over the next five years, more than 1 million people who have served in the U.S. military will integrate back into society as Veterans. Once they leave the service, they may experience alienation. Local churches can play an integral role as Veterans settle back into American society.This Sector Report looks at how Veterans and military families engage with local churches, the characteristics of effective military ministries, and the gaps in services addressing their needs.

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