Here are sites to help you get started:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
- Child Nutrition Programs
- National School Lunch Program
- School Breakfast Program
- Child and Adult Care Food Program
- Summer Food Service Program
- Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program
- After-School Snacks and Suppers
- National Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
- Local food bank website
- Food banks — A local food bank may serve several counties. Understanding how a food bank works is important, and working with the staff and data they collect will be beneficial to a reporting project. Spending time at the food bank to interact with workers and volunteers will provide great context and sourcing for a story.
- Churches or places of worship — Many churches have established food pantries to help members of their congregation in need. This food assistance may not be advertised, but it can lead to a greater understanding of the hunger that exists in a community. Additionally, meals may be served at places of worship or an affiliated location to feed people in need.
- Homeless shelters — These organizations may provide food assistance, in addition to other resources. Learning how the homeless shelters in a community operate and knowing the clientele it serves will provide context to an understanding of poverty. Remember, though, that the homeless are not the only ones who face food insecurity.
- United Way organizations — A local chapter of United Way may provide food assistance to those in need. The United Way may also provide monetary assistance, transportation assistance, medical care and more to those in poverty. As a global organization, United Way chapters also can provide data on national trends, and perhaps even specific local numbers.