To end hunger, we need to listen to the people experiencing it. Elevating Voices to End Hunger Together is Feeding America’s initiative to gather input from people with lived experience through listening sessions, a survey, questionnaires and texts. In all, the Feeding America network gathered insights from nearly 36,000 people across all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico who self-identified as facing challenges getting the food they need. However, they are not representative of all people facing hunger
Our neighbors shared their aspirations for the future. Feeding America and the people we spoke with envision strong communities where everyone can access the food and resources they need to thrive. The anti-hunger policy recommendations—informed by people facing hunger—contained in the Elevating Voices report are grounded in prioritizing dignity, increasing access, expanding opportunity and improving health.
Anti-hunger policies must prioritize the dignity and agency of people facing hunger.
There is not one-size-fits-all and I literally have fallen through nearly every crack. Create flexibility in programs so that people can qualify.
- Cass County, North Dakota
Getting qualified means jumping through sometimes impossible hoops; it needs to be fairer, easier, faster."
- Vigo County, Indiana
We need more resources for the people who don't have transportation. Our community is a long way from a grocery store.
- Tunica County, Mississippi
I would love to have enough money and assistance that I won't have to worry that I won't be able to pay my bills, that my heat and electric would never be turned off. That I always have access to food and milk for my daughter and granddaughter.
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Espero tener salud y potencial para sobrellevar y mejorar todo esto nada es fácil pero imposible tampoco.
- Chester County, Pennsylvania
Translation: (“I hope to have health and potential to prosper and better my surroundings; nothing is easy, but nothing is impossible either.”)
How our respondents answered:
of survey respondents report making big trade-offs—impossible choices—to afford food.
of survey respondents want SNAP to make it easier to access healthy foods, not restrict food choices.
of English questionnaire respondents said their communities need more food pantries, grocery stores, and fresh food to thrive.
of survey respondents agree “food is medicine – if you have regular access to healthy foods, you feel better physically, emotionally, and mentally.”
Join us in the fight against hunger
Now that we listened to our neighbors facing hunger, let's get to work.