Do You KNOW Hunger?

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Lots of folks don’t know. We have the research to prove it.
Three years ago, we embarked on a research project with the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), in which we measured public knowledge and attitudes about hunger in the U.S., particularly in their own communities.

It all began when we heard our own team mates say, “We really don’t have a problem with hunger in our community.” As it turns out, no matter where you live, that’s just not true. Food insecurity is in every single community in the United States. North to South. East to West.  Affluent or at risk.

Our 2011 research showed that two-thirds of Americans believed that hunger was not a severe problem in their communities. In August of this year, we repeated the research, with similar results.
If folks don’t believe hunger is a problem where they live, what kind of urgency will they have in solving it?

That’s why we created the KNOW Hunger campaign. Since 2011, a big part of our hunger relief outreach, in addition to donating millions of pounds of food, and supporting local and national hunger relief organizations, has been creating awareness that no matter where you live, hunger is a serious challenge.

One heartening result of the research is that people are indeed aware that hunger is a big problem nationally, and they believe we should be applying resources to fix the problem.
Are you aware of how hunger affects your own community? Are you involved in hunger relief activities? We’d love to how you’re making a difference in the fight against hunger.

There are other very interesting findings in the 2014 KNOW Hunger Survey. To find out more, go here.

The 25 communities with the most food hardship


The Food Research and Action Center  (FRAC) has a very informative piece of research in Food Hardship: A Closer Look at Hunger–Data for the Nation, States, 100 MSAs, and Every Congressional District.

Here in order are the metropolitan statistical areas (MSA) with the highest rates of food hardship in 2008-2009

1. Memphis; Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas
2. Bakersfield, California
3. Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio-Pennsylvania
4. Fresno, California
5. Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida
6. Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, California
7. Birmingham-Hoover, Alabama
8. New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, Louisiana
9. Las Vegas-Paradise, Nevada
10. Greensboro-High Point, North Carolina
11. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-Pompano Beach, Florida
12. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
13. Toledo, Ohio
13.  Winston-Salem, North Carolina
15. Charleston-N Charleston-Summerville, South Carolina
15. Columbia, South Carolina
15. Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, California
18. Little Rock-N Little Rock-Conway, Arkansas
19. Charlotte-Gastonia-Concord, North Carolina, South Carolina
19. Jacksonville, Florida
21. Baton Rouge, Florida
21. Knoxville, Tennessee
21. Tulsa, Oklahoma
24. Columbus, Ohio
24. Indianapolis-Carmel, Indiana