Media & Research

Hunger Free America, formerly known as The New York City Coalition Against Hunger, is the national leader in media advocacy in the anti-hunger fight, and our original research is the most widely cited data on hunger in New York City.

Past media coverage includes The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Hardball with Chris Matthews, Up with Chris Hayes, The Ed Show, CNN, the NBC Evening News, The New York Times, the Washington Post, USA Today, the Guardian, National Public Radio the Wall Street Journal, NPR, NY1, and many more.

Hunger Free America's research and reports have been at the cutting edge of anti-hunger policy decisions throughout the years.  A few of our most influential reports are listed here:


Summer Meals Barrier Analysis, 2016

By Christine Binder

This report seeks to answer a basic question: Why do so many low-income children who receive free or reduced price lunch during the school year fail to receive free summer meals? While this study analyzed barriers to participation New York City, its findings have significant implications for summer meals programs sites in urban areas nationwide.

Three out of four New York City public school students are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. One in five New York City children live in food insecure households, meaning that they have limited or uncertain access to food.1 Yet during the summer of 2014, only a quarter (26 percent) of the children who depend on free or reduced-price lunch during the school year also ate lunch through the summer meals program, a federally-funded program delivered primarily by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) School Food.

In order to determine what barriers are keeping New Yorkers from participating in the summer meals program, Hunger Free NYC interviewed 150 parents and caregivers living in low-income neighborhoods in all five boroughs of the city whose children participate in the school lunch program during the academic year. Their responses were analyzed based on whether their children participate in the summer meals frequently (three or more times per week), infrequently (two or less infrequently (two or less times per week), or never.

Read full report here.

From Well-­Fed to Well-­Read:

How the Federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization Bill Can Slash Child Hunger, Reduce Poverty, and Boost Education

By Christine Binder and Joel Berg

More than half a decade after the Great Recession officially ended, nearly one in five U.S. children still live in homes that can’t always afford enough food. For these 15 million children and their families, there has not been a meaningful economic recovery.

Food deprivation in the world's wealthiest nation is not only morally unacceptable, but it also severely hampers children's emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Child hunger costs the U.S. economy at least $28 billion per year because poorly nourished kids perform less well in school and require far more long-­‐term health care spending. Solving this problem will cost far less than not solving it.

Moreover, massive child hunger violates every one of the planet’s major religious and ethical traditions.

To be well read, children must first be well fed. To be schooled, they must be fueled. The United States suffers from high rates of childhood food insecurity and lags behind in educational performance, two highly interconnected problems. The upcoming federal Child Nutrition Reauthorization (CNR) bill is a crucial opportunity for Congress and the President to ensure that child nutrition programs help all American children reach their maximum potential.

This paper will discuss child hunger in America, how it impacts the health, emotional, and educational well-­being of children, and the current state of the major federal child nutrition programs. It will outline the significant policy reforms that, if funded fully, would drastically reduce child hunger.

Read the full report here.

How the Child and Adult Care Food Program Improves Early Childhood Education

By Christine Binder, Joel Berg, Maryam Adamu, and Katie Hamm June 2015

The upcoming federal child nutrition reauthorization, or CNR, process provides
Congress the opportunity to support early childhood through CACFP. This
report makes a case for why Congress should include provisions in the CNR bill
to reduce participation barriers for programs and providers and maximize the
program’s potential.

Read the full report here.