Hunger in America

What is the Hunger Study?

Hunger in America is a national study conducted every four years by Feeding America. These studies provide comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance from the charitable sector. This is the most extensive, up-to-date research available on hunger in the United States. Hunger in America 2014 is the sixth and most comprehensive study undertaken.

Locally, the Food Bank of South Central Michigan conducts hundreds of interviews with recipients of food in all eight of the counties in our service area. These sites include soup kitchens, food pantries and emergency shelters. Teams of volunteers in Battle Creek, Jackson and Kalamazoo conducts the interviews and spends many man-hours to capture this information.

A separate partner agency survey is also conducted, with the majority of our partners participating to provide the most complete overview of our hunger-relief network possible.

Key Findings from National HIA 2014

In the latest Hunger in America study, we learned that nationally:

  • the Feeding America network serves 46.5 million people each year or
  • 1 in 7 people, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors
  • 20% of those served by the FA network have a member who has served in the military
  • 58% of households have a member with high blood pressure
  • 33% of households have a member with diabetes
  • 54% of households had a member who was employed in the past year
  • 1 in 10 adults is a student; 2 million full-time and 1 million part-time
  • 72% of households live in poverty

 

Key Findings from Local HIA 2014

In the latest Hunger in America study, we learned that locally:

  • the Food Bank of South Central Michigan serves 189,300 people each year
  • 70% of households have incomes below the federal poverty line
  • 82% of those served are food insecure
  • 31% of those served are kids
  • 18% are those served are seniors, age 60 or older
  • 60% of households have had to choose between food and utilities/heat
  • 39% of households have had to choose between food and rent/mortgage
  • 55% of clients have unpaid medical/hospital bills
  • 27% of clients have at least one person in their households who is in poor health
  • 23% of households have at least one person who has been in the military
  • 37% of households have a person with diabetes
  • 59% of households have a member with high blood pressure