Here you will find a variety of original MFB research resources aimed at helping stakeholders and the public better understand and address the complexity of food insecurity in our state. We cover a wide range of topics, including food assistance needs, poverty data, program evaluations, client impact data, and food distribution trends and analysis.
We also help connect you to third-party databases and find food mapping initiatives from across the nation, as well as links to the best scholarly research and raw data sources.
It takes more than just goodwill to further our mission of ending hunger in Maryland. MFB’s new research program provides data-driven tools and high-quality information to fight food insecurity more intelligently and creatively than ever.
Strategy Group Research Report
Do Pandemic Benefits Decrease Demand for Charitable Food?
This report, prepared by MFB’s Vice President for Learning, Measurement, and Evaluation, Daniel Sturm, investigated whether the demand for charitable food since March 2020 is associated with the availability (or lack thereof) of federal pandemic benefits. By comparing the timing of pandemic relief measures with MFB’s food distribution levels, our research clearly illustrates a correlation between the two across Maryland.
The Maryland Hunger Map
The Maryland Food Bank’s Hunger Map is a graphical tool to better understand how deeply rooted, persistent, and unique food insecurity is across different Maryland communities. This multi-layer map compiles multiple data points, including Feeding America, U.S. Census, and United Way’s ALICE (Asset Limited Income Constrained Employed) report.
With the help of this innovative tool, we’re able to get a more accurate picture —neighborhood by neighborhood — of what food insecurity really looks like in this state. And with that data, we can customize our strategies to help more Marylanders break free from the stubborn grip of hunger.
The Maryland Hunger Map
Maryland Food Bank Guide To Child Food Insecurity Data
Maryland Food Bank Guide to Child Food Insecurity Data
This guide provides an overview of available research on child food insecurity, child food assistance, and children who aren’t getting enough to eat in Maryland. The guide was developed to help our staff, board members, donors, volunteers, legislators, and policy makers understand current data trends and better serve hungry children in our state.
Find Food Resources & Data
Maryland Department of Health and Human Resources
Directory of community food resources by region (PDF).
Baltimore City Meals for Youth and Families
Food pantries, home delivery options, produce box distribution sites and schedules, SNAP benefit/enrollment information, and MFB’s Find Food Map.
United Way of Central Maryland 211 Help Line
Find food and other helpful resources near you.
Think Tanks & Research Groups
Center on Budget and Priorities: Hardship Watch
CBP is a nonpartisan research and policy institute that aims to reduce poverty and inequality. This page tracks key hardship indicators related to COVID-19.
Feeding America: Map the Meal Gap Data
Annual estimates of overall and child food insecurity for every county and congressional district in the United States.
Food Action Resource Center
Improving the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions.
Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future: Maryland Food System Map
The Maryland Food System Map combines an interactive mapping platform with food system, environmental, and public health data.
Maryland Hunger Solutions: Maryland County Hunger Profiles 2021
Maryland Hunger Solutions publishes annual profiles to provide accurate, local data on nutrition program participation in each of Maryland’s 24 counties.
MEF Associates: Evaluation of Feeding America’s Ending Hunger Community of Practice
Logic model and measurement framework supporting Feeding America’s Ending Hunger Community of Practice (EHCOP) initiative.
United for ALICE: Research Center: Maryland
The United for ALICE Study is the United Way’s realistic measure of a financial hardship, looking at costs of housing, childcare, food, transportation, and health care. ALICE is an acronym for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
Raw Data Sources
Baltimore Neighborhoods Indicator Alliance (Jacob France Institute)
Vital Signs provides indicators that “take the pulse” of Baltimore neighborhoods by measuring progress towards a better quality of life for all residents.
Maryland State Department of Education
School Report Card
Student achievement in all 24 Maryland school districts from year to year.
Emergency Rental Assistance Priority Index
This index estimates the level of need in a census tract by measuring the prevalence of low-income renters who are at risk of experiencing housing instability and homelessness.
U.S. Census Household Pulse Survey
Percentage of adults in households where there was sometimes or often not enough to eat in the last seven days.
2015-2019 Multi-Year American Community Survey, 5-year Estimates for All Geographies. Maryland Department of Planning
The American Community Survey (ACS) is a demographics survey program conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau. It gathers information such as ancestry, citizenship, educational attainment, income, language proficiency, migration, disability, employment, and housing characteristics.
U.S. Department of Labor
Unemployment Insurance Claims by ZIP Code
Regular Unemployment Insurance claims, Pandemic Unemployment Assistance, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation, and Extended Benefits.
U.S. Small-area Life Expectancy Estimates Project (USALEEP)
Providing estimates of life expectancy at birth — the average number of years a person can expect to live — for most of the census tracts in the United States for the period 2010-2015.