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.
The Food Depository partners with local and state government and organizations to research the impact of food insecurity in our community. These research and case studies help us to advocate for policy changes on the local, state and federal level. Learn more about our advocacy work.