This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by Harvesters - The
Community Food 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 Harvesters - The Community Food Network provides
food for an estimated 205,200 different people annually.
- 43% of the members of households served by Harvesters - The Community Food
Network are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 48% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among client households with children, 72% are food insecure and 32% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 46% of clients served by Harvesters - The Community Food Network report
having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
- 36% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).
- 34% of households served by Harvesters - The Community Food Network report
having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- Harvesters - The Community Food Network included approximately 473 agencies
at the administration of this survey, of which 379 have responded to the agency
survey. Of the responding agencies, 300 had at least one food pantry, soup
kitchen, or shelter.
- 75% of pantries, 79% of kitchens, and 52% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 69% of pantries, 61% of kitchens, and 48% of shelters of Harvesters - The
Community Food Network reported that there had been an increase since 2001 in
the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table
- Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for the agencies,
accounting for 74% of the food used by pantries, 57% of kitchens' food, and 39%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For Harvesters - The Community Food Network, 87% of pantries, 78% of
kitchens, and 67% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).