Hunger in America

Hunger in America 2014 is Feeding America’s sixth extensive study of hunger, which has been conducted every four years since 1993. The methods used to collect the data are unlike any other hunger-focused study.

The study relies upon agency surveys and client interviews to capture detailed information about who is in need of food assistance and their circumstances. This provides an invaluable resource for charitable feeding organizations to help develop programs that best support people in need. The results also inform advocacy work and the public policy discourse so that federal nutrition programs can better serve families facing hunger.

New Major Findings from Hunger in America 2014

  • Approximately 263,200 different individuals every year receive food and essential items from the Foodbank
  • 30 percent of the members of households serve by the Foodbank are children under the age of 18 years old
  • 80 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank have a high school diplmoa or higher education
  • 81 percent of individuals served by the Foodbank report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they know it's not the healthiest option
  • 1 in 5 families served by the Foodbank report having at least one member that has served in the military.
  • 68 percent of pantry programs are run completely by volunteers

Full Report: Hunger in America 2014

If you have questions or are interested in learning more about Hunger in America 2014, please contact Katie Carver Reed at or 330.535.6900 ext. 112.