HUNGER ON THE PLAINS 2023
Information is a powerful tool in our mission to end hunger. Research is a foundational part of our
ability to identify who experiences food insecurity, understand the reality of hunger, and inform
transformational solutions. For over a decade, the Great Plains Food Bank has facilitated large-scale studies independently, in partnership with Feeding America, and with other research institutions. What we learn is integral to our work and an important driver of our strategic direction. This data has led to successful advocacy efforts at the state level, stronger relationships with key partners, and development of emerging or current programs.
This study, Hunger on the Plains (2023), synthesizes insights from two questionnaires including a neighbor experience survey and a survey of our food pantry and meal site partners. Each survey had a unique sample population, sampling protocol, and analysis. Combined, these results shed light on the experience of hunger across our service area. With this knowledge, we can truly center our efforts in equity, build stronger communities, and effect lasting change for our neighbors facing hunger.
Impactful findings from Hunger on the Plains 2023
- Native American, American Indian and Alaska Native neighbors face hunger at seven times the rate of other communities.
- 37 percent of clients served by the Great Plains Food Bank are children, 17 percent are older adults, 14 percent are Veterans and 13 percent are single caregivers.
- 75 percent of neighbors reported experiencing at least one chronic health condition.
- 41 percent of neighbors attended college, trade school or hold an advanced degree.
- One in three neighbors do not have access to a working vehicle.
- 54 percent of partners are volunteer-led and volunteers served 142,080 hours helping at agencies in the last year.