In 2019, the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama and Emerson Hunger Fellow, Paige Milson, completed a regional, comprehensive hunger study of the people served by the food bank. This study helps us to understand the needs of people who access food at CFB’s partner agencies, their general health, living situation, nutrition knowledge, and experiences with hunger and food pantries. The knowledge gained from the results of the Hunger Study will be used to inform and aid the Food Bank’s programmatic, service, and advocacy efforts.
“We try to eat healthy, but first we pay our bills, then we buy medicine, then we get food.” – Hunger Study Participant
“I used to love to eat fruit like grapes and apples when I was younger, but I haven’t eaten any in many years because they’re expensive and I don’t get to stores that have fruit very often. I rarely eat vegetables because they’re expensive and difficult to get to.” – Hunger Study Participant
Food insecurity means a lack of access to enough and nutritionally adequate food to lead a healthy, active life. Every county in Central Alabama has residents who struggle with food insecurity and do not qualify for federal nutrition aid. The only place they can turn to for help is the Community Food Bank and our partners. Learn more about these gaps in Central Alabama from the latest Map The Meal Gap report.
Over 70,000 children in Central Alabama live in homes with access to adequate food. Learn about the extent of the need from our latest report.