Examine the data in the region where you are reporting. The data should be available on government websites and from not-for-profit organizations such as food banks or pantries.
- What kind of history does hunger have in this region?
- What are the demogaphics of the region — for example, is it primarily made up of residents living above or below the poverty line? What is the breakdown in age, education, employment, family size, language and income?
- How many subsidized food outlets are available, including food banks and pantries?
- Where are the food banks and pantries located? What kind of access do residents have to these outlets?
- What supplemental food programs are available in your region and to whom they are available.
When looking at regional data or using region-based information, always compare it to national data for context.
Information about hunger in a community and its relation to national trends is essential to determine before approaching any sources or beginning to build a story.
It is also a good idea to visit food banks and food pantries to gain better insight into hunger in a region. Speak to a range of volunteers and administrators to grasp the full picture.
Attend board or staff meetings for insight into local perceptions and struggles related to the fight against hunger.