This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2006, conducted for America's Second Harvest (A2H), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 52,000 clients served by the A2H food bank network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 30,000 A2H agencies. The study summarized below focuses mainly on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the A2H network.
- The A2H system served by the Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network provides emergency food for an estimated 498,800 different people annually.
- 44% of the members of households served by the Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 47% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among client households with children, 81% are food insecure and 26% are experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 47% of clients served by the Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).
- 37% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).
- 30% of households served by the Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Houston Food Bank and The End Hunger Network included approximately 406 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 264 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 250 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.
- 82% of pantries, 61% of kitchens, and 43% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 77% of pantries, 41% of kitchens, and 52% of shelters of the Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network reported that there had been an increase since 2001 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).
- Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for the agencies, accounting for 67% of the food used by pantries, 44% of kitchens' food, and 51% of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Houston Food Bank and the End Hunger Network, 93% of pantries, 83% of kitchens, and 77% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).