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The Scope of Hunger in Central and Northern New York

In 2010, Food Bank of Central New York partnered with Feeding America and Mathematica to understand who accessed emergency food programs and why. The Food Bank decided to update the 2010 study to better understand hunger in our region presently and the role our partner agencies play in assisting families. Our updated hunger assessment, “The Scope of Hunger in Central and Northern New York 2013”, presents the results of 364 in-person interviews of households, selected at random, who turned to one of the Food Bank’s emergency food programs. The data was collected in the summer of 2013.

The study is important in that it provides the Food Bank with in-depth information about who in our communities is struggling with food insecurity along with providing evidence to support the need for anti-hunger policies and legislation when speaking with elected officials.

To request a copy of the Hunger Assessment in Central and Northern New York 2013, please complete the Hunger Study release form.

Food Preferences of Emergency Food Program Recipients

Food Bank of Central New York collaborated with UC Berkeley Center for Weight and Health to complete a study that evaluated the food preferences of 116 individuals who rely on emergency food pantries. The data was collected through in-person interviews onsite at food pantries.

For a summary of the results from this study, we invite you to review the executive summaries below:

Executive Summary of Food Preferences Study

Executive Summary of Inventory Project