This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by Dare to Care. 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 A2H system served by Dare to Care provides emergency food for an
estimated 103,500 different people annually.
- 27% of the members of households served by Dare to Care are children under 18
years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 26% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among client households with children, 85% are food insecure and 54% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 45% of clients served by Dare to Care report having to choose between paying for
food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).
- 40% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical
care (Table 6.5.1).
- 29% of households served by Dare to Care report having at least one household
member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- Dare to Care included approximately 390 agencies at the administration of this
survey, of which 251 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding
agencies, 137 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.
- 75% of pantries, 68% of kitchens, and 38% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 64% of pantries, 73% of kitchens, and 75% of shelters of Dare to Care 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 77% of the food used by pantries, 58% of kitchens' food, and 57%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For Dare to Care, 92% of pantries, 91% of kitchens, and 83% of shelters use
volunteers (Table 13.2.1).