Food Hardship Publications

FRAC’s food hardship analyses provide a unique up-to-date examination of how millions of American households in every part of the country are struggling with hunger.

Nation, States, MSAs, and Congressional District Data | Special Analysis

Nation, States, MSAs, and Congressional District Data

Food Hardship in America: Households with Children Especially Hard Hit
One in five households with children suffers from food hardship nationally, and in nearly half of the states. Among the nation’s 100 largest urban areas analyzed, 45 had food hardship rates above 20 percent for households with children.

How Hungry Is America? FRAC’s National, State, and Local Index of Food Hardship
The report found one in six Americans (16 percent) said in 2015 that there had been times over the past 12 months that they didn’t have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed. This reflects a three point drop from the 18.9 percent rate in 2013, and the lowest rate since early 2008. The report also looks at food hardship in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and 109 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). Despite the improvement, the report reveals that still no corner of the country is immune to hunger.

How Hungry is America? FRAC’s National, State and Local Index of Food Hardship
This report contains food hardship data for the nation, every state, and 100 of the country’s largest Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs). It found that one in six Americans (17.2 percent) said in 2014 that there had been times over the past 12 months that they didn’t have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed. Hunger exists in every state in the country, and 98 of the largest 100 surveyed Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs) have at least one in eight (12.5 percent or more) households reporting food hardship.

Special Analysis

Monthly and Geographic
These analyses look at various time periods and geographic area to give a closer look at the prevalence of food hardship.