Feeding Missouri recently commissioned the MU Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security to conduct a study to better understand the characteristics of food pantries and circumstances of food pantry clients.  The insights provided in the Food Assistance and Hunger in the Heartland: State Report for Missouri were obtained for and in collaboration with the six regional food banks —Ozarks Food Harvest, Second Harvest Community Food Bank, St. Louis Area Foodbank, Harvesters Community Food Network, Southeast Missouri Food Bank, and The Food Bank for Central and Northeast Missouri.

The Food Assistance & Hunger in the Heartland (FAHH) 2021: State Report for Missouri represents the first, of hopefully many, quantitative state-wide efforts to examine the impacts of hunger.  It will continue to serve as a guide as we collectively examine the impacts and response to hunger in Missouri. We are truly grateful to the team at MU for their incredible support and care in conducting this study [which] tells the story, from first-hand accounts, about what food insecurity looks like across the state…,” said Meredith Knopp, Board President for Feeding Missouri and CEO of St. Louis Area Foodbank. Thanks to all the food bank staff, volunteers, and the individuals that contributed to these efforts.

You can download the findings from the Food Assistance & Hunger in the Heartland (FAHH) 2021: State Report for Missouri below:

For more information regarding this or study or the regional reports, please contact us.