The Hunger in America 2010 study is the first research study to capture the significant connection between the recent economic downturn and an increased need for emergency food assistance. The number of people in need of food has increased 46% since the previous study in 2006.
Between March and May of 2009, the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano participated in the Hunger in America 2010 hunger study. Directed by Feeding America and Mathematica Policy Research Inc., this nationwide effort was conducted to better understand the issues of hunger and food insecurity by interviewing the people we serve through emergency food providers. Our local charge was to conduct 500 client surveys within our network, at 50 pre-determined food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. We achieved just over a 90% completion rate.
Nationally, Feeding America collected quantitative and qualitative feedback from 61,000 face-to-face, in-depth interviews with people seeking emergency food assistance and more than 37,000 agency surveys, making this study the largest, most-comprehensive ever conducted on domestic hunger.
To find out more about hunger in Contra Costa and Solano counties, download the full Hunger in America 2010 report.