Policy & Resources

Hunger in Central and Northern New York 2010

To better understand hunger in our 11-county service area, 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.  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. The data was collected in the heart of the 2009 economic downturn (February-June 2009).

The study is important for many reasons including 1) it provides Food Bank with in-depth information about who in our communities is struggling with food insecurity and 2) it provides evidence to support the need for anti-hunger policies and legislation when speaking with elected officials.

Among the thousands of people who depend on charitable food programs in central and northern New York:

    • 37% of emergency food recipients are children under the age of 18
    • 14% have no health insurance coverage
    • 42% choose between paying for food and paying for utilities
    • 24% have at least one employed family member
    • Of those unemployed, 45% have lost their job within the last two years
    • 69% of clients have annual incomes below the official federal poverty line
    • 47% have an annual income below $10,000

In particular, working families are increasingly finding themselves among the ranks of the hungry. And far too many lead a fragile existence, regularly facing difficult tradeoffs between the essentials of living: paying for food or rent, utilities or healthcare.

If you would like to read more on the impacts of food insecurity in our community please click on the link below:

Hunger Study 2010 Executive Summary

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

For more information about this research, contact Heather Hudson at (315) 437-1899 ext. 225 or hhudson(at)foodbankcny.org.