Policy & Resources

The Scope of Hunger in Central and Northern New York 2013

In 2010, Food Bank of Central New York partnered with Feeding America and Mathematica to understand who accessed emergency food programs and why.  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 familes.  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 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:

    • 30% of emergency food recipients are children under the age of 18
    • 10% have no health insurance coverage
    • 32% have at least one employed family member
    • Of those unemployed, 68% have been unemployed for more than two years
    • 91% of clients have annual incomes below the official federal poverty line
    • 41% have an annual income below $12,000

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:

The Scope of Hunger in Central and Northern New York 2013

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.