Hunger in the Mid-South 2014 is information on the clients and agencies served by Mid-South Food Bank, drawn from the national study, Hunger in America 2014, conducted in 2013 by Mid-South Food Bank and Feeding America, the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers.
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Click here for the Full Report (large pdf file).
Hunger in America 2014 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 in 2013 of 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 was a survey of Mid-South Food Bank's food
program clients who receive services from our Partner Agencies. Visits to
programs to conduct Client Surveys were carried out by Food Bank staff and
volunteers in the spring and summer of 2013. The Client Survey sought
information from those served by the Agencies and the programs they operate. 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
The information in this report is based solely on the
agencies and programs that participated in this study, adjusted by weighting to
account for sampling and nonresponse.
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."