A Portrait of Hunger

Food Bank of Central New York serves as the hub for hundreds of member programs that comprise the emergency food network in our 11 county service region across Central and Northern New York. Food Bank provides more than 11.5 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 9.6 million meals – to hungry families, children and the elderly. As we work to eliminate hunger through our network of emergency food programs, it is critical we understand the issue of hunger by finding out who is hungry and studying the effectiveness of our local emergency food network.

To better understand hunger in our region, Food Bank of Central New York participated in the national study “Hunger in America 2010” commissioned by Feeding America and coordinated by Mathematica Policy Research in 2009. This study is the largest, most comprehensive study on domestic hunger ever undertaken. Our local study, “Hunger in Central and Northern New York”, presents the results of 417 member program surveys and 370 in-person interviews of households, selected at random, who turned to one of the Food Bank’s emergency food programs in the spring of 2009.

We’ve developed the following information to help you understand hunger and the role the Food Bank and our member programs play locally. Hunger is a real and growing problem and we can all be a part of the solution. To request a copy of the Hunger study, please click the link below.

Click here to request a copy of the Hunger Study Summary

Food Bank of Central New York is a not-for-profit organization working to eliminate hunger through food distribution, education and advocacy in cooperation with the community. Food Bank serves as the primary food supplier for 273 emergency programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing more than 11 million pounds of food annually. Established in 1985, the organization is considered one of the most efficient food banks in the country, using 94 cents of each dollar for program costs. Food Bank of Central New York is a certified member of Feeding America.