Food Preference Survey 2021 Executive Summary
The COVID pandemic has exacerbated the food scarcity issue for NYS residents and the US alike. More individuals and families are seeking food resources through the charitable food network than ever before. More families rely on staple grocery items through their local food pantry. As individuals and families seek food resources, food programs are working to offer them what they want and need. The question is, are food pantries able to meet the preferences of food pantry guests?
Understanding individuals’ food needs and preferences is a critical element to addressing food insecurity with dignity and intention. In response to strategic initiatives and funders asking for stakeholder data, Feeding New York State developed a statewide food preference survey for food pantry guests to complete.
This survey aimed to:
1. Better understand the types of foods that people prefer to receive through food pantries.
2. Provide data set points that demonstrate the top five food items guests are seeking through the charitable food network
3. Build an opportunity to source food items that support guest preferences and assist FNYS members with acquisition