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 Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security
In 2000, faculty and students at the University of Missouri (MU) established the Missouri Action Research Connection, a social action research group that partnered with community organizations to help answer research questions to better accomplish the organizations’ goals. Among the partners was the Central Missouri Food Bank (CMFB) Pantry (now known as the Central Pantry), which needed help in finding a new location and learning more about its clients to better meet their nutritional needs. As a result of this early engagement, a group of faculty and students coalesced around food security issues.
Download the Missouri Hunger Atlas 2019 here.
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.