The Center for Hunger-Free Communities

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Network Outcomes

Evaluation through pre and post-program surveys indicates that the Network had strong positive impact on participants in a number of areas, including:

  • Household food security
  • Physical health
  • Mental health
  • Employment

Additionally, results are consistent in participants with high levels of childhood adversity. These results demonstrate a positive impact on mental and physical health and well-being for individuals with exposure to violence and adversity.

Phase III of the program demonstrated the following impact on Network members and their families after one year*:

  • Member housing security increased from 41% to 59%
  • Household food security increased from 59% to 65%
  • Presence of significant depressive symptoms declined from 55% to 32%
  • Employment increased from 12% to 59%

Additionally, those who had experienced four or more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) were able to close the gap between themselves and members with fewer ACES when it came to food insecurity, with the difference moving from 14% to just 4% between the two groups.​

The program also directly impacted members’ financial behaviors. A year after entering the program, more members reported they: 

  • Have a checking account (37% to 77%)
  • Have a savings account (24% to 68%)
  • Utilize automatic deposits (16% to 61%)
  • Utilize a budget (29% to 68%)
  • Track financial expenses (27% to 39%)
  • Spend less than their monthly income (40% to 61%)
  • Repay debt on time (43% to 55%)
  • Feel confident about their financial decisions (27% to 41%)
  • Achieve their money management goals (18% to 39%)
  • Feel confident they could make it through a financial emergency (68% to 86%)

*Results are from members who filled out both baseline and follow up surveys and do not control for potential confounders.

Research Reports

For more detailed results of impact of Network programming across its implementation, see the full research reports below.<

(June 2020)

The Network measured family economic hardship, health, and financial outcomes over 12 months during phase three of the program. All participants, including those with high childhood adversity, showed significant improvements in outcomes up to one year after program participation.

(October 2018)

Program outcomes show all participants,including those with high childhood adversity, showed significant improvements in outcomes relating to economic security, physical and mental health, and social support up to one year after program participation. 

(November 2017)

Post-program outcomes indicate positive impacts on food security, self-rated health, depression, employment, and savings account participation.


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