In order to learn more about Hunger in America, Feeding America, the national network of Food Banks, undertakes extensive studies approximately every four years. The studies provide comprehensive information on the demographic profiles of emergency food clients and the nature and effectiveness of local agencies in meeting their food security needs. The studies go beyond just the statistics and data it informs the decisions surrounding the operations of getting food to people in need.
Hunger in America 2010
The Hunger in America 2010 study is the first research study to capture the significant connection between the economic downturn and an increased need for emergency food assistance. Feeding America collected quantitative and qualitative feedback from 61,000 face-to-face in-depth interviews with people seeking emergency food assistance and more than 37,000 agency surveys, making this study the largest, most-comprehensive ever conducted on domestic hunger. This report specifically addresses hunger in the service territory of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. View the Hunger in America 2010 full report.(pdf)
Hunger in America 2006
An update of the Hunger Study in 2001, this report involves more than 52,000 face-to-face interviews with clients who sought emergency help through America's Second Harvest (now Feeding America) network of more than 200 food banks and member agencies. This study was completed following the devastating hurricanes of Katrina, Rita and Wilma. The study specifically addresses hunger in the service territory of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina as well as national hunger issues. View the Hunger in America 2006 full report.(pdf)
Hunger in America 2001
A comprehensive study of hunger in America involving more than 32,000 individuals who shared their personal stories of struggle with hunger. Over 100 food banks associated with America's Second Harvest participated in research for the study including volunteers, researchers, academics and charitable agency staff. The study specifically addresses hunger in the service territory of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina as well as national hunger issues. View the Hunger in America 2001 full report.(pdf)