While there is extensive research about food insecurity among children, limited research has focused on teenagers' lived experiences with food insecurity.
Supported by the ConAgra Foods Foundation, Feeding America partnered with the Urban Institute to better understand how teens experience and cope with food insecurity in the United States. The research collaboration used mixed methods, including a series of focus group discussions with teens, ages 13-18, in 10 low-income communities across the country. The engagement also included participatory action research, as teens in one community were engaged to design and assess a program to better address teen food insecurity.
Addressing Teen Hunger (Released 2021)
This report report includes:
A recap of findings from Bringing Teens to the Table (see below)
A summary of research findings of food insecurity among teens from the broader research literature
Information and learnings from a community-based participatory research effort that engaged teens in a community in Portland, OR, to design and implement programming to better address hunger among their peers
Food bank spotlights of the innovative ways that five Feeding America member food banks are working with and for teens experiencing food insecurity, including how they have adapted programming since COVID-19
A spotlight about how the YMCA, a national partner, used insights from Feeding America's research to adapt their teen hunger programming
Focus Group Research(Released 2016)
Findings from focus groups conducted with teens in 10 communities across the country are presented in two briefs: