One of the important purposes of the evaluation has been to develop a description of the people and households served by the Feeding America National Network.
Chapter 5 provides important demographic information about clients, including:
- Citizenship status;
- Marital status;
- Highest Education level attained;
- Racial and ethnic background;
- Employment status;
- Household income and;
- 37.4% of the client households are single-person households.
- 38.8% of the client households have at least one member under 18.
- 87.8% of adult pantry clients at program sites are U.S. citizens.
- Pantries are estimated to serve annually about 3 million young children, and overall more than 13 million children under 18.
- Pantries also serve more than 2.7 million elderly clients per year.
- 34.3% of the clients at emergency food programs have not completed high school.
- Among the clients who come to all program sites, 40.3% are non-Hispanic white, 33.6% non-Hispanic black; and 3.9% American Indian or Alaskan Native.
- At the household level, 36.0% have one or more adults employed.
- 13.3% of all client households had no income at all for the month prior to the interview.
- 31.4% of all clients said they received Social Security benefits.
- In 2008, 49.4% of all clients had household income of less than $10,000.
- Over 1.4 million FA clients do not have a permanent place to live.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)