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The Great Plains Food Bank has completed Hunger in North Dakota 2018 (HIND), a comprehensive study of more than 500 clients and 175 partner agencies (food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens) of the Great Plains Food Bank to identify trends surrounding personal situations, household demographics, tough choices, coping strategies and the use of nutrition programs surrounding those seeking emergency food assistance. Conclusions drawn from HIND will help map the future for the Great Plains Food Bank, the largest hunger-relief organization in North Dakota.

Hunger in North Dakota 2018

Every four years, Feeding America (the nation's network of food banks) conducts a national study called, Hunger in America. The Great Plains Food Bank (GPFB) participated in 2010 and 2014. The studies offered invaluable data on both the network of partner agencies and an in-depth look at clients that seek food assistance.

The information an data gleaned from this study was integral to the advancement of hunger relief efforts across North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. Great Plains Food Bank used it to set their strategic vision, guide program development, informed their work and used it as a springboard for large scale, innovative solutions. Due to a shift in research strategy with Feeding America, the study would not be replicated in 2018. Therefore, GPFB decided to undertake their own study, Hunger in North Dakota 2018 (HIND).

Hunger in North Dakota 2018 consisted of two surveys - an agency survey and a client survey. The agency survey was an online survey sent to partner agencies (food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens) of the Great Plains Food Bank. It asked questions about logistics, operations, challenges and capacity. A total of 175 agency surveys were completed for a response rate of nearly 60 percent.

The client survey was administered by face-to-face interviews. Trained volunteers asked clients a series of 81 questions about their personal situations, household demographics, tough choices, coping strategies and use of nutrition programs. A total of 516 clients participated from 54 different sites.

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READ THE FULL HUNGER IN NORTH DAKOTA 2018 SUMMARY HERE.

READ THE FULL REPORT HERE (116 PAGES).


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Melissa Sobolik
Director
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