Hunger Study 2014


The Hunger in America study series is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive insight into charitable food distribution in the United States. Conducted quadrennially by Feeding America since 1993, the Hunger Studies provide statistically-valid data on our food distribution network and the people Feeding America serves. This, in turn, helps charitable feeding organizations develop programs that best support individuals facing hunger. The results also inform the public policy discourse so that federal nutrition programs can better serve those in need.


The next iteration of the Hunger in America study, Hunger in America 2014, will be released in Summer 2014. This iteration of the study will be the most comprehensive to date and includes a variety of features that were included for the very first time:


  • Data was collected from clients electronically, using a touchscreen tablet

  • The client survey was available in 5 languages: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Russian, and Vietnamese

  • Clients were also asked about their health, veteran status, and any coping strategies they may use

  • The study was expanded to include all agencies and programs, not solely emergency feeding programs like pantries, shelters, and kitchens. This will give us additional insight into supplemental feeding programs, such as those for seniors and children.


While the final results are still being analyzed and summarized by our research vendors, Westat and the Urban Institute, data collection concluded in August 2013 and there are some exciting highlights to report:


  • More than 34,000 agencies provided information about their services and programs, including food distribution and non-food, referral, or outreach services.

  • In an effort to increase the accuracy and diversity of the findings, over 12,500 programs were visited to survey clients. This is more than twice as many programs as were visited in the previous study released in 2010.

  • More than 60,000 clients shared information about their story and circumstances.


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Hunger Study 2010


The Hunger in America series is the largest study of domestic hunger, providing comprehensive and statistically--valid data on our charitable food distribution system and the people served through the Feeding America network. Hunger in America 2010 is extremely detailed, drawing on data from more than 61,000 interviews with clients and over 37,000 surveys of local charitable agencies. The report shoes that hunger is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States, and the Feeding America network of Food Banks is expanding their reach in response:


  • According to Hunger in America 2010 data, Feeding America Food Banks annually provides food to 37 million Americans, including nearly 14 million children. This is an increase of 46% over 2006, when we were feeding 25 million Americans, including 9 million children, each year.

  • That means one in eight Americans now rely on the Feeding America network for food and groceries.

  • Feeding America's nationwide network of food banks is feeding 1 million more Americans each week than we did in 2006.

  • 36% of the households we serve have at least one employed adult.

  • More than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities, such as rent, utilities, and medical care.

  • The number of children the Feeding America network serves has increased by 50% since 2006.


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