Every four years, the Eastern Illinois Foodbank participates in a national hunger study in conjunction with Feeding America. The most recent study, titled Hunger in America 2014, documents the extent of hunger in our region, in the state, and in the nation and helps guide policy discussions and affect change.
Hunger in America 2014 is the largest, most comprehensive study of its kind ever conducted. The study provides authoritative, comprehensive, and statistically valid data on the national charitable response to hunger and the people served by private hunger-relief agencies. Through 61,000 face-to-face client interviews, 12,500 program visits, and 34,000 surveys of local charitable agencies, Hunger in America 2014 chronicles the nature and incidence of demand for emergency food assistance which, in turn, helps charitable feeding organizations better address the burgeoning need through program development and refinement. The results also better inform the public policy discourse so that federal nutrition programs can better serve those in need.