The estimated number of individuals who received charitable food assistance (CFA) in 2020 is derived from two primary sources of information:
- The Urban Institute's Well-Being and Basic Needs Survey (WBNS)
- The Current Population Survey (CPS), December Supplement
Both surveys ask respondents whether they have received charitable food assistance in the past 30 days and past 12 months.
How we calculate this estimate is shown in the graphic below:
For more detail about the calculation, go here