Missouri Hunger Facts

Please explore the information below to learn more about the status of hunger in Missouri. You might also be interested in learning about hunger in the United States as a whole.

Profile of Hunger, Poverty, and Federal Nutrition Programs

This study from the Food Resource and Action Council provides an overview of hunger, poverty, and the Federal Nutrition Programs that provide assistance.

The Food Assistance & Hunger in the Heartland (FAHH) 2021: State Report for Missouri

The Food Assistance & Hunger in the Heartland (FAHH) 2021: State Report for Missouri conducted by MU Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security highlights challenges faced by hunger-relief agencies and the people they serve.

Missouri Hunger Atlas

The Missouri Hunger Atlas, compiled by the University of Missouri, assesses the extent of food insecurity in Missouri. It also begins to gauge how well public programs are doing in meeting the needs of those who have difficulty acquiring sufficient amounts and qualities of food.

Map the Meal Gap: State and national food insecurity rates by county

Feeding America compiled this study, which takes an unprecedented look at hunger at the local community level.  It includes statewide data for Missouri, as well as county-by-county data.

Health Equity Series: Food Insecurity (2015)

In this report from Missouri Foundation for Health, health equity is discussed through the examination of Missouri’s food system, including how social determinants of health impact food security and food access, as well as the connection between disparities in health outcomes and an inequitable food system.

Hunger in America - Missouri State Report (2014)

Hunger in America 2014 is the most comprehensive study of domestic hunger to date. The study was sponsored by Feeding America nationally and in Missouri by the food banks of Feeding Missouri. The result is a thorough examination of Americans who seek emergency food assistance, including the most comprehensive look at hunger in Missouri.