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.