Chapter 13 reports on the types and sources of the resources used by providers of the Feeding America National Network. We begin by examining the sources of food reported by the providers, then turn to the use of paid and unpaid staff, with a focus on the great importance of volunteers to the system.
- Food banks are a major source of food, providing 75.5% of the food the pantries distribute, 49.6% of the food the kitchens serve, and 41.1% of the food the shelters serve.
- 67.7% of the pantries, 42.0% of the kitchens, and 15.3% of the shelters had no paid staff in their workforce during the week prior to this study.
- 27.6% of the pantries, 8.4% of the kitchens, and 6.5% of the shelters did not purchase products from sources other than their food banks. However, most emergency food programs purchased products from sources other than their food banks.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)