Chapter 12 examines the capacity of the agencies and food programs in the Feeding America network to meet client needs. This includes evaluations of:
- The stability of existing food programs;
- The frequency with which they have to stretch food resources;
- Whether programs have turned away clients in the past year and, if so, how many and for what reason; and
- How much additional food they needed during a typical week to adequately meet the demand for food at kitchen and shelter programs.
- 66.6% of the pantries, 67.3% of the kitchens, and 73.0% of the shelters believe they are facing one or more problems that threaten their continued operation.
- During 2008, 24.8% of the pantries, 11.8% of the kitchens, and 10.1% of the shelters indicated that they sometimes or always had to stretch food resources.
- 26.6% of the pantries, 9.9% of the kitchens, and 43.3% of the shelters responded that they had turned away clients during the past year.
- The median kitchen needed more than 50 additional meal equivalents per week.
- The median shelter needed more than 40 additional meal equivalents per week.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)