Chapter 12.2 summarizes responses from Feeding America network agencies that were asked whether their programs ever had to ration or limit food in order to provide some food to all clients and, if so, how often.
- 34.5% of pantries, 62.2% of kitchens, and 68.6% of shelters never experienced the need to stretch food resources (reduce meal portions or reduce the quantity of food in food packages).
- Nevertheless, 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.
- We find that 40.4% of pantry programs operated by governmental agencies never experienced the need to stretch food resources (reduce meal portions or the quantity of food in packages). The percentage is 30.3% for programs operated by community action program agencies and 33.0% for programs operated by faith-based or religion-affiliated nonprofit agencies.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)