This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey. 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.
- Based on the survey data and an examination of the U.S. Census poverty
demographics of the area served, the estimated range of people served by
the Community Food Bank of New Jersey extends to as many as 537, 000 people
- 36% of the members of households served by the Community Food Bank of New
Jersey are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 30% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among client households with children, 76% are food insecure and 22% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 41% of clients served by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey report having
to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table
- 31% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).
- 20% of households served by the Community Food Bank of New Jersey report
having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Community Food Bank of New Jersey included approximately 675 agencies
at the administration of this survey, of which 579 have responded to the agency
survey. Of the responding agencies, 432 had at least one food pantry, soup
kitchen, or shelter.
- 74% of pantries, 75% of kitchens, and 46% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 67% of pantries, 65% of kitchens, and 52% of shelters of the Community Food
Bank of New Jersey 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 76% of the food used by pantries, 60% of kitchens' food, and 45%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Community Food Bank of New Jersey, 90% of pantries, 86% of kitchens,
and 62% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).