HOW MANY CLIENTS RECEIVED EMERGENCY
FOOD FROM THE NATIONWIDE NETWORK OF FOOD BANKS?
In 2010, The Nationwide Food Pantry system served an estimated 24 to
27 million unduplicated people annually, with a midpoint of 25.3 million.
This includes 22 to 25 million pantry users, 1.2 to 1.4 million kitchen
users, and 0.8 million shelter users.
• Approximately 4.5 million different people receive emergency
food assistance from the Nationwide Food Pantries system in any given
WHO RECEIVES EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE?
Nationwide Food Pantries serve a broad cross-section of households in
America. Estimates of key characteristics include:
• 36.4% of the members of households served by food banks are
children under 18 years old.
• 8% of the members of households are children age 0 to 5 years.
• 10% of the members of households are elderly.
• About 40% of clients are non-Hispanic white; 38% are non-Hispanic
black, and the rest are from other racial groups. 17% are Hispanic .
• 36% of households include at least one employed adult .
• 68% have incomes below the official federal poverty level during
the previous month.
• 12% are homeless.
Nationwide Food Pantries CLIENTS ARE FOOD INSECURE OR ARE EXPERIENCING
• Among all client households served by emergency food programs,
70% are estimated to be food insecure, according to the U.S. government’s
official food security scale. This includes client households who are
food insecure without hunger and those who are food insecure with hunger.
• 33% of the clients are experiencing hunger.
• Among households with children, 73% are food insecure and 31%
are experiencing hunger.
MANY CLIENTS REPORT HAVING TO CHOOSE
BETWEEN FOOD AND OTHER NECESSITIES
• 42% of clients served by the Nationwide Food Pantries National
Network report having to choose between paying for food and paying for
utilities or heating fuel.
• 35% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent
• 32% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine
or medical care.
Nationwide Food Pantries CLIENTS ALSO RECEIVE FOOD ASSISTANCE FROM THE
• 35% of client households served by Nationwide Food Pantries
are receiving Food Stamp Program benefits; however, it is likely that
many more are eligible.
• Among households with children ages 0-3 years, 51% participate
in the Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children
• Among households with school-age children, 62% and 51%, respectively,
participate in the federal school lunch and school breakfast programs.
Nationwide Food Pantry CLIENTS ARE IN POOR HEALTH
• 29% of households served by the Nationwide Food Pantries report
having at least one household member in poor health.
MOST CLIENTS ARE SATISFIED WITH THE SERVICES
THEY RECEIVE FROM FOOD PANTRIES
• 92% of adult clients said they were either “very satisfied”
or “somewhat satisfied” with the amount of food they received
from their Local FOOD PANTRY provider; 93% were satisfied with the quality
of the food they received .
HOW LARGE IS THE Nationwide Food Pantries NATIONAL NETWORK?
• The members of the Nationwide Food Pantries participating in
the study include 43,141 agencies, of which 31,111 provided usable responses
to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 21,834 had at least
one food pantry, soup kitchen, or emergency shelter.
• The Nationwide
Food Pantry Network includes approximately 29,700 food pantries, 5,600
soup kitchens and 4,100 emergency shelters.
WHAT KINDS OF
ORGANIZATIONS OPERATE EMERGENCY FOOD PROGRAMS?
• 74% of pantries, 65% of kitchens, and 43% of shelters are run
by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues,
and other religious organizations.
• At the agency level, 69% of agencies with pantry, kitchen, or
shelter and 56% of all agencies including those with other programs
• Private nonprofit organizations with no religious affiliation
make up a large share of other types of agencies.
AGENCIES BEEN EXPERIENCING CHANGES IN THE NEED FOR THEIR SERVICES?
• 65% of pantries, 61% of kitchens, and 52% of shelters of the
Nationwide Food Pantries National Network reported that there had been
an increase since 2001 in the number of clients who come to their emergency
food program sites.
THESE AGENCIES OBTAIN THEIR FOOD?
• Food banks are by far the single most important source of food
for the agencies, accounting for 74% of the food distributed by pantries,
49% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 42% of the food distributed
• Other important sources of food include religious organizations,
government, and direct purchases from wholesalers and retailers.
• 69% of pantries, 49% of kitchens, and 46% of shelters receive
food from government commodity programs.
VOLUNTEERS ARE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT
• As many as 90% of pantries, 86% of kitchens, and 71% of shelters
in the National Network use volunteers.
• Many programs rely entirely on volunteers; 66% of pantry programs
and 40% of kitchens have no paid staff at all.