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The face of hunger
The face of hunger in our region is often surprising. About half the time, it is the face of a child or, increasingly, a senior. Since the Great Recession, it is often a low-income working person or family, struggling to pay for basic needs such as housing and utilities and still put food on the table.
Hunger in America 2014 is Feeding America’s largest, and most comprehensive study of hunger in our nation. It provides a snapshot of the face of hunger—the people needing food—and the network of nonprofit agencies and governmental programs serving them.
For the study, Harvesters collected information in our region about the people receiving food assistance and our network of more than 620 nonprofit agencies. Across Harvesters’ 26-county service area:
• Harvesters’ network of nonprofit agencies is feeding 141,500 different people each month.
• 25 percent of those served by Harvesters are children.
• 20 percent are seniors.
• 49 percent of households receiving food have at least one adult who worked in the last year.
• 5 percent of those receiving food are homeless.
• 59 percent of those receiving food are white, 24 percent are African-American, 9 percent are Hispanic, and the rest are from other racial and ethnic groups.
• 16 percent of those served have some college or a two-year degree, while 8 percent have a four-year college degree or higher.
• 27 percent of households include at least one veteran of military service.
• 29 percent of households have at least one member in poor health.
• 54 percent of households have had to choose between paying for food and paying the rent or mortgage.
Learn more about who Harvesters is serving by downloading the key local findings for our service area.
Key local findings for the State of Kansas
Key local findings for the State of Missouri
Harvesters' Hunger in America 2014 (complete report)
Kansas Hunger in America 2014 (complete report)
Missouri Hunger in America 2014 (complete report)
Food Security Status of U.S. Households in 2015 includes data on the characteristics of food insecure households.
Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief charity. Harvesters is a member of Feeding America’s network of more than 200 food banks.