Poverty Resources


Dismantling Persistent Poverty in the Southeastern United States
The University of Georgia conducted a study investigating persistent poverty in the South. The study concludes that there is indeed a Southeast Region with persistent poverty over three census periods–and it is the poorest of all regions of the country. On a variety of socio demographic fronts–education, health, employment, and housing–the 7.5 million residents of the 242 counties in this region bear a tremendous burden from the continuous cycle of poverty. Further conclusions indicate that the economic peril facing the Southeast Region results from, and in turn contributes to, the widespread and persistent nature of the region’s poverty. It not only affects those living in the region but also drains the economic health of our entire nation. 

Leveraging Limited Dollars
This report distills findings from more than 400 pages of research amassed over three years as part of NCRP’s Grantmaking for Community Impact Project (GCIP). The project documented $26.6 billion in benefits for taxpayers and communities in 13 states, and found that every dollar grant makers and other donors invested in policy and civic engagement provided a return of $115 in community benefit.

Poverty: 2010 and 2011, American Community Survey Briefs
This report, created by the US Census Bureau, uses income and household relationship data from the 2010 and 2011 American Community Surveys (ACS), to compare poverty rates for the nation, states, and large metropolitan statistical areas. The report also summarizes the distribution of people by income-to-poverty ratios for states and the District of Columbia.

Hunger Resources


Hunger Initiative Maps Food Insecurity, Food Budget Shortfall
A new report from Feeding America, the nationwide network of 200 food banks, maps food insecurity by county and state based on factors including income level, race and ethnicity, and unemployment rates. The Map the Meal Gap study also estimates each county's annual "food budget shortfall," representing the amount of additional money food insecure individuals would need to cover food expenses for their households.

Hunger & Poverty Statistics
Feeding America has gathered together key statistics relevant to the fight against hunger. Specifically, this data shows that although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same.  Unemployment rather than poverty is a stronger predictor of food insecurity.


Foundation Strategies for Investing in Food Security
This paper maps the spectrum of activities that, taken together, endeavor to create well nourished, food secure communities. Until recently, many of these activities have taken place in  relative isolation of one another; and funders have tended to line up their support more narrowly behind the activity that seemed to most directly address their missions. This is no longer. Within the broad field  of food security, programmatic and policy goals of disparate nonprofit organizations and public subsidy programs are converging with increasing frequency. Organizations that have been associated with one activity are venturing into others with the hope of bringing about more comprehensive and lasting change.As this work becomes more integrated, funders are challenged to navigate beyond their traditional priorities and determine where else, along a continuum of effort,they may wish to extend their investments.

Reading, Writing, and Hungry:
The consequences of food insecurity on children, and on our nation’s economic success

Early childhood health experts from the Children’s Sentinel Nutrition Assessment Program and the Food Research and Action Center find, in a paper for the Partnership for America’s Economic Success, that food insecurity among young children carries significant economic costs for individuals and families, and therefore economic problems for society as a whole. The report from the Food Research and Action Committee (FRAC) addresses the range of economic consequences associated with persistently high rates of household food insecurity in the United States. It focuses specifically on the growing body of research demonstrating the harmful effects of food insecurity for very young children. The report identifies short- and long-term economic costs of those effects, with emphasis on the costs arising  from food insecurity‘s impacts on children.