Understanding how common hunger is and its impact on health, education, and productivity is vital to informing our neighbors, community leaders, and lawmakers. Using these resources, you will see hunger is not limited to an age, race, geographic region, or socioeconomic status.
A national organization committed to feeding America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engaging our country in the fight to end hunger. Their network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, providing more than 3.3 billion meals.
Map the Meal Gap
An annual research study conducted by Feeding America to capture the significant connection between the current economy and the need for emergency food assistance, on a local and national level.
Economic Research Service U.S. Department of Agriculture
ERS is a primary source of economic research and analysis from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, providing timely information on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America.
Also be sure to check out Household Food Security in the United States, 2020, USDA.
Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)
FRAC is the leading national nonprofit organization working to improve public policies and public-private partnerships to eradicate hunger and under-nutrition in the United States.
University of Missouri – Missouri Hunger Atlas
To gain a greater understanding of the extent and depth of this issue, the Missouri Hunger Atlas provides a county-by-county snapshot of food insecurity and hunger need, as well as an assessment of the performance of programs intended to mitigate food insecurity and hunger. The atlas visually engages readers through indicator maps and tables, and includes data and analysis for all 114 Missouri counties.
Feeding Missouri is a coalition of the six Missouri Food Banks (including Harvesters) working to provide hunger relief to every county (and St. Louis City) in the state. Collectively, they distribute over 120 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 1,500 community feeding programs.