Policy & Research Reports
Food Bank For New York City regularly conducts research and evaluation projects to ascertain trends and details regarding:
- The extent of food poverty in New York City
- Socio-demographic characteristics of residents experiencing food poverty
- Access to government nutrition assistance and income support programs
- Economic, resource and educational needs of our network of community-based member programs
- Changes in demand for food assistance
- Needs assessments
- Difficulty affording food among New York City residents
Our research helps us to determine and address the need for emergency food, government nutrition assistance, income support and nutrition education programs throughout the five boroughs. In addition, our research helps to inform policy at the city, state and federal levels. Through our research reports, policy papers and testimony, the Food Bank works to establish an ongoing dialogue with elected officials, community leaders and members of our food assistance network to develop solutions to food poverty. Browse our policy and research reports below.
The Food Bank’s emergency food network reports include the NYC Hunger Safety Net report series, which is designed to track trends in hunger and create research-based solutions to hunger throughout the five boroughs. The reports include findings on the population relying on emergency food programs (EFPs) including soup kitchens and food pantries; the operations, resources and services of EFPs; and residents' access to food assistance. Serving under Stress Post-Recession: The State of Food Pantries and Soup Kitchens Today is the first in a series of reports based on NYC Hunger Safety Net 2011-12 data. This report examines the continuing strain that a weak recovery from the Great Recession has placed on the food pantries and soup kitchens that are part of Food Bank For New York City’s network, and their continuing efforts to serve New Yorkers in need.
The NYC Hunger Experience report series tracks annual trends in difficulty affording food among New York City residents. Food Bank For New York City contracts with Marist College Institute for Public Opinion to conduct telephone interviews with a random and representative sample of city residents. Socio-demographic findings identify which populations throughout the five boroughs are having the greatest difficulty affording food throughout the year in order to inform policy solutions and address the problem of food poverty.
The Food Bank's policy papers use data from our research to inform public policy at the city, state and federal levels. Our policy papers are instrumental to our ongoing efforts to raise public awareness and spur legislative action to end food poverty.
Feeding America regularly collaborates with member food banks and food rescue organizations throughout the United States to conduct studies on emergency food programs (EFPs) and the people they serve. Food Bank For New York City participates by conducting interviews with residents accessing EFPs and distributing surveys to the EFP network throughout the five boroughs. The Hunger in America: New York City & State reports draw upon local, state and national findings, as analyzed by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.