Hunger Action Alliance Research Summaries


Please find summaries of our completed studies below. If you would like further detail about our methodology and data collection methods, please contact:

Karen Serrano Arce | Health Education Associate



Backpack study
In partnership with The Boys and Girls Club in Dover, Fl. a study was conducted to identify the impact of a Feeding Tampa Bay’s Backpack food assistance program on participating children’s food security, mental and cognitive health.

Meals for Minds
In collaboration with the University of South Florida an evaluation of the Meals for Minds program’s impact on children’s readiness to learn and performances was conducted.


Food Insecurity and Age of Menarche
This research study examined if household food insecurity correlated with early or delayed menarche in adolescent females in the United States.

Teen Food Insecurity
This evaluation was carried out by a team of students from the University of South Florida in collaboration with the Juvenile Welfare Board, the Childhood Hunger Initiative, and the Hunger Action Alliance. It examined what food insecurity looked like from the viewpoint of teenagers and their thoughts on how food insecurity in their community can be fixed.


A Preliminary Evaluation of Mobile Food Pantry
Research was carried out by a team of graduate student anthropologists from the University of South Florida, in collaboration with partners from Feeding Tampa Bay. The study documents how food insecurity impacts the lives of clients using the mobile pantry distribution program which brings fresh food to residents in food deserts, especially areas with low access to other food assistance services.

WellCare Mobile Pantry Evaluation
The objectives of this research project was to conclude a longitudinal evaluation of a mobile food pantry sponsored by WellCare in partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay. The aim was to examine food insecurity and health care decision-making among adults and families using mobile food pantries in Wimauma and Sulpher Spring, FL.

Fresh Initiatives Supply Hub Program Evaluation (FISH)
The main objective of this study was to assess the impact of FISH on the Lealman community and the hunger-relief network for the community.

Farm to Fork
The Farm to Fork program increased delivery of fresh fruits and vegetables to food insecure households throughout Tampa Bay. This research project measured the impact of client’s produce consumption before and after the program and evaluated the knowledge and capability of food pantries to handle and distribute additional produce.

Last Mile
The purpose of this study was to understand the waste and barriers that exist among the food assistance chain from the point of acquisition through the point of household utilization or “the last mile” between the food bank and the food pantry. It also measured what


Factors Affecting Health Among Older Adults
The objective of this research study was to understand the linkage between food insecurity, social isolation, and loneliness, as well as their relationship with medical utilization among an older adult population