Chapter 15.4 examines changes in health status and the ability to pay medical bills between 2005 and 2009.
- The percentage of clients at all program sites that are in poor health decreased from 16.4% to 15.6%; however, the percentage of clients that indicated someone else in the household was in poor health increased from 17.1% to 19.0%.
- The percentage of clients that had unpaid medical bills increased from 41.4% to 46.5%. The magnitude of the increase was similar for pantries, kitchens, and shelters.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)