Hunger in America 2014 Datasets


Hunger in America 2014 Datasets and Requests for Use

In addition to the collection of reports released by Feeding America and member food banks using the HIA 2014 data, there is ample potential for further exploration of these data. In the interest of expanding knowledge of and interest in the challenges facing low-income individuals and households, Feeding America invites requests for use of the datasets by individuals and/or organizations interested in engaging in their own research. The HIA 2014 data files are the sole property of Feeding America but can be provided to researchers for research purposes. The data are available in SAS format.

Two types of datasets are available for use:

1.       The public-use datasets include agency, program and client level data in three separate files that are not linked to one another. Agency and program data can be organized geographically by the four U.S. Census Regions (i.e. Northeast, Midwest, South, and West). Client data includes household level variables but not variables on individual household members. In order to ensure privacy and confidentiality, many variables have been collapsed.

The public-use dataset will be made available to the public at no charge through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) (exact date TBD).  See or contact with questions.


2.       The restricted-use datasets include agency, program and client level data in three separate files that can be made available through direct contact with Feeding America. These datasets include dummy IDs so that information can be linked within and across datasets (i.e., linking agency and their constituent program data to their client data). Geographical information in the restricted-use datasets includes state and FIPS codes. However, users of the restricted-use dataset are prohibited from publishing or otherwise sharing any information that would allow for the identification of data related to specific states, counties, food banks, agencies or programs. Exceptions to this restriction may be granted if approval for such identification is granted by certain Feeding America food banks and/or state associations. Client data includes household-level variables as well as variables on individual household members.

In order to request access to the restricted-use dataset, please contact Feeding America at to obtain a Data Request Form. Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required for requestors of the restricted-use dataset. Requests will be granted at the discretion of the Feeding America Research Team, with the assistance of its Technical Advisory Group, for a one-time fee of $1,500 (payable after approval is granted and prior to the dataset being shared). Requestors should allow 4-6 weeks for processing and communication of a decision, and upon approval, requestors and their affiliate organization must sign a Letter of Agreement and will be allowed to use the dataset for up to five years. Requestors also must agree to provide Feeding America with the opportunity to review any documents or reports prior to submission for publication to ensure no breaches of confidentiality have occurred and proper citations have been made.