Mid-South Food Bank provides food for an estimated 230,000 different people annually across 31 Mid-South counties. This and other pertinent information is based on the study, Hunger in the Mid-South 2016, which drew on interviews with Partner Agencies and their clients served by Mid-South Food Bank. The study was conducted by Mid-South Food Bank and Feeding America - the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers.
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Hunger in America documents the critical role that Feeding America member food banks and their partner agencies play in supporting struggling families in the United States. Study results are based on nationally representative surveys conducted at agencies that operate food programs in the charitable food assistance network supported by Feeding America and of clients that access services through that network. The Client Survey sought information from those served by the Agencies. The Client Survey excluded programs that serve only children or persons with severe cognitive or mental health disabilities, home delivery programs, and confidential locations such as domestic violence shelters where data collection would violate privacy. Although children were not eligible to participate as respondents, they are included in the client counts and other data when they are members of entire households served by food programs, as is the case with programs that provide groceries.
Food insecurity is a term frequently used in the hunger study. It is defined as "not always having access to enough food to meet basic needs."