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Hunger is Real.

Midwest Food Bank, NFP keeps up to date on the latest research about hunger and poverty in our community. Below are data gleaned from our partner agency audit and other sources.


Who Are The Hungry?


2016 Data from our Partner Agency Audit – illustrates information and demographics of those we serve.


  • 3,600,000+ people served through our 1,300+ partner agencies.
  • 275+ counties served throughout AL, AR, AZ, CA, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KY, MO, SC, TN and East Africa!
  • Partner agencies receive on average 48% of their food from MFB monthly.
  • Age Demographics:
    • 34% are children 0-12 years of age.
    • 48% are 13-64 years of age.
    • 18% are seniors, age 65+.
  • Ethnicity Demographics:
    • 42% are Caucasian.
    • 32% are Black/African American.
    • 10% are Hispanic/Latino.
    • 16% identify as some other race.



Hunger and Poverty in the USA 


Hunger and poverty often go hand in hand, but poverty is not the ultimate determinant of food insecurity. People living above the poverty line are often at risk of hunger as well. Research demonstrates that unemployment, rather than poverty, is a better predictor of food insecurity among people living in the United States. 

The most recent government data shows that in 2016,


  • 40.6 million people (12.7 percent) were in poverty, including 13.4 million (33 percent) children under the age of 18. [i]

  • 41.2 million people—including 6.5 million children— lived in households that lack the means to get enough nutritious food on a regular basis. As a result, they struggle with hunger at some time during the year.


Resources for Additional Research


Brookings Institute - Who is poor in the US? Hamilton Project [i]

Food Research and Action Center (FRAC)

No Kid Hungry


QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau

Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity

U.S. Census

USDA Economic Research Service 

USDA Food Insecurity Report 2011 – 2016

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