Hunger Research

In order to learn more about the people we serve, Feeding America undertakes extensive studies. The studies provide comprehensive information on the demographic profiles of charitable food recipients and the nature and efficacy of local agencies in meeting their food security needs. Our studies go beyond just the statistics and data – they inform our decisions surrounding the operations of getting food to people in need.

Map the Meal Gap

Map the Meal Gap, released by Feeding America each year, shows that hunger exists in every county in the nation and that children are disproportionately affected. Although the recession is officially ended, unemployment rates are down, and other economic factors have improved, the findings show that food insecurity continues at high levels throughout the nation.

Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact

We know how to fix the problem of childhood hunger, and we have an opportunity now to build a prosperous future for us all by doing that.

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Feeding America releases the largest study on the response to hunger. Over 46 million people utilize feeding programs across our nation -- that is 1 in 7 people. There are more surprising facts about our neighbors in need.

Hunger Study 2010

The Hunger in America study series is the largest study of domestic hunger, providing comprehensive and statistically-valid data on our charitable food distribution system and the people Feeding America serves. Review the findings from the 2010 study.

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Food Banks: Hunger's New Staple

Drawing on data from Feeding America’s quadrennial Hunger in America 2010 study, findings from this analysis suggest that families are not only visiting pantries to meet temporary, acute food needs – instead, for the majority of people seeking food assistance, pantries are now a part of households’ long term strategies to supplement monthly shortfalls in food.

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The Spotlight on Senior Health: Adverse Health Outcomes of Food Insecure Older Americans research study documents the health and nutrition implications of food insecurity among seniors aged 60 and older. The study reveals that senior food insecurity is associated with lower nutrient intake and an increased risk for chronic health conditions.

Hunger in latino families

Working with Feeding America, The Urban Institute prepared two reports on the impact of emergency food assistance and federal nutrition programs in the lives of low-income Hispanic children, based on analysis of Hunger in America 2010 data.

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In Short Supply: American Families Struggle to Secure Everyday Essentials, reveals that one in three low-income families with children struggles to afford basic, non-food household goods, including products related to personal care, household care and baby care. As a result, these families often make trade-offs with other living expenses and employ coping strategies in an effort to secure essential household items. The study was made possible by long-standing donor and Feeding America Mission Partner Procter & Gamble.

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The primary role of the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) is to review and provide ongoing feedback on Feeding America research projects in order to ensure our ability to deliver the highest quality of information to food ba​nks and other service providers within the Feeding America network. TAG Members also collaborate with us to conduct new research on emergency food assistance, program evaluation, client studies, etc.