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Reports, studies and analyses on hunger and food insecurity

Feeding America: Hunger in America 2014
Feeding America’s study about the response to hunger. This study provides comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance through the charitable sector and an in-depth analysis of the partner agencies in the Feeding America network that provide this assistance. It is the largest study of its kind.

Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap
Landmark research study that takes a look at overall and child hunger down to the county/borough/census area level. Provides Alaska-specific data.

Feeding America: From Paycheck to Pantry: Hunger in Working America
This research report documents the challenges facing many working families that receive charitable food assistance through the Feeding America network.

Feeding America: Hunger’s New Staple
This report details the frequency of clients’ visits to food pantries. It suggests that families no longer visit “emergency food” sources for temporary relief, but rely on food pantries as a supplemental food source.

Feeding America/ National Foundation to End Senior Hunger: Spotlight on Senior Health
This research study documents the health and nutrition implications of food insecurity among seniors aged 60 and older. The study reveals that senior food insecurity is associated with lower nutrient intake and an increased risk for chronic health conditions.

National Foundation to End Senior Hunger: The State of Senior Hunger in America 2013: An Annual Report
This report provides an overview of the extent and distribution of food insecurity in 2012 among seniors, along with trends over the past decade using national and state-level data from the December Supplements to the Current Population Survey (CPS).

USDA: Reaching Those in Need: Estimates of State Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Participation Rates in 2012
A state-by-state look at participation rates for the SNAP (formerly food stamps) program.

Food Research and Action Center: Food Hardship in America 2014
Measures the “food hardship” rate by asking thousands of households “Have there been times in the past twelve months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?” Provides national and state specific data.

Food Research and Action Center: A Half-Empty Plate: Fruit and Vegetable Affordability and Access Challenges in America
In this report, FRAC looks at the results of a Gallup survey of over 1 million Americans to measure reports of lack of access to affordable fresh fruits and vegetables, and whether that relates to individuals’ reports of ill health, obesity, stress, and food hardship as well as income and race/ethnicity.

Food Research and Action Center: Profile of Hunger, Poverty, and Federal Nutrition Programs: Alaska
FRAC’s state-specific profiles are designed to provide basic data as one tool to help states measure how they are doing in the effort to get key public nutrition programs to meet the needs of hungry people and improve the health and economic security of low-income families.

Center for Budget and Policy Priorities: SNAP Helps Roughly 1.7 Million Struggling Veterans, Including Thousands in Every State
CBPP’s state-level analysis looking at veterans in households receiving SNAP.

Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER): Kids Count Alaska 2013-2014
Kids Count Alaska is part of a nationwide program, sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, to collect and publicize information about children’s health, safety, education, and economic status. They gather information from many sources and present it in one place, trying to give Alaskans a broad picture of how the state’s children are doing.

Links to anti-hunger partners

Feeding America
The nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity. It distributes food to people who are hungry through a national network of member food banks. Food Bank of Alaska is a member of the Feeding America Network. 

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)
A leading nonprofit organization working to improve public policy and public-private partnerships to fight hunger.

Bread for the World
A collective Christian voice urging our nation's leaders to end hunger at home and abroad.

Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
A nonpartisan research and policy institute focusing on federal and state policies designed to reduce poverty and inequality.

Congressional Hunger Center
Fighting hunger by developing leaders.

Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger
A national nonprofit that allocates donations from the Jewish community to fight hunger.

Share Our Strength
A national organization working to make sure that no kid in America grows up hungry.

WHY Hunger
Finding grassroots solutions to hunger and poverty through support of community-based organizations.

Alaska Food Coalition (AFC)
A statewide coalition of Alaskan anti-hunger advocates.

Alaska Food Policy Council (AFPC)
A statewide group which looks for mutually beneficial solutions to food systems problems.

SNAP Outreach Program
Learn more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly food stamps) in Alaska.