Hunger in America 2014: Gaining a Deeper Understanding of Who We Serve

November 4, 2014 By: Sara Blair Category: WordPress Import

Second Harvest Heartland was one of nearly 200 Feeding America member food banks that participated in the 2014 Hunger in America study, released this August. With more than 60,000 clients and 32,000 food shelves and other agency partners across the country surveyed, this is the most comprehensive and largest study of its kind.

The study provides current demographic data of the people who receive emergency food assistance and the economic and personal circumstances of their households on a national, state and county level. This helps us to better understand who we serve and why they use our services.

Results for our service area align with what we are seeing and hearing from our agency partners. Though the economy is improving overall, persistent unemployment and underemployment continue to impact many.

Although many individuals are either continuing with higher education or seeking work, they are still experiencing challenges with food security, limited income, unpaid medical bills and health challenges. This often forces them to make decisions between feeding themselves and their families and/or paying for other critical things like utilities, medical care, rent or education.

The local Hunger in America study results will help Second Harvest Heartland to better partner with agencies in our service area and better meet the needs of the clients we serve.

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