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 13.4 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 11.1 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.

In 2010, Food Bank of Central New York partnered with Feeding America and Mathematica to understand who accessed emergency food programs and why.  Since then, our programs reported increased demand due to the economic recession and a wave of new clients experiencing hardship.  Food Bank decided to update the 2010 study to better understand hunger in our region presently and the role our partner programs play in assisting families.  Using a similar survey design and questionnaire from 2010, Food Bank staff conducted 394 in-person interviews of households, selected at random, who utilized one of Food Bank's food pantries or soup kitchens in the summer of 2013.

We’ve developed the following results to bring awareness regarding who is hungry and the challenges they face.  This will enable us to identify solutions to address a growing problem collectively as a community.  To request a copy of the 2013 hunger assessment, please click the link below.

Release for Hunger Assessment

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 261 emergency programs in 11 counties of New York State, distributing more than 13 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.