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

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.

Food Hardship in America 2012: Data for the Nation, States, 100 MSAs, and Every Congressional District
These yearly analyses contain food hardship for the nation, every state, 100 of the largest MSAs, and every congressional district, showing continuing struggles with hunger as millions say there were times they didn’t have enough money to buy food that they or their families needed.

Previous studies: 2011 | 2010 | 2008 and 2009*
(* also includes food hardship rates among households with and without children on the national and state level, as well as 50 of the largest MSAs)

Food Hardship in America: Households with and without Children
This in-depth analysis examines food hardship rates for households with and without children for the nation, states, 100 of the country’s largest MSAs, and every congressional district.

Food Hardship 2008-2012: Geography and Household Composition
In this report FRAC looks at the food hardship rates from the Gallup survey at the national, regional, state, and metropolitan statistical area (MSA) levels broken down by households with children and households without children.

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.