Local and national studies demonstrate the need for food assistance. Research informs our response to food insecurity in our community.
In 2019, the Food Depository partnered with more than 20 community partners on a study about the need for prepared meals in our community. Older adults with low incomes and people with disabilities provided insight on their dietary needs and interest in prepared meals.
Many people who struggle with food insecurity also struggle to manage meal preparation. Special dietary and health concerns affect these populations.
Living with a disability is one of the strongest factors that affects a household’s food security. Low-income adults with disabilities face many obstacles to adequate nutrition. In 2017, the Greater Chicago Food Depository released a report on food insecurity among adults with disabilities in Cook County.
Feeding America, the national network of food banks, releases an annual study on local food insecurity. General food insecurity rates and child food insecurity rates at the county, congressional district, and state level are available through their interactive Map the Meal Gap tool.
The Food Depository partnered with Feeding America for the Hunger in America 2014 study, a comprehensive research effort about emergency food assistance. Hunger in America 2014 captured detailed information about who needs food assistance, what circumstances they face, and how the Food Depository responds to the need. Key findings from this report are listed below. View the full report.