This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana. 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 Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast
Indiana provides food for an estimated 48,600 different people annually.
- 38% of the members of households served by the Community Harvest Food Bank
of Northeast Indiana are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 38% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among client households with children, 79% are food insecure and 25% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 41% of clients served by the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana
report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating
fuel (Table 6.5.1).
- 43% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).
- 31% of households served by the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast
Indiana report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana included approximately
395 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 283 have responded to
the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 98 had at least one food pantry,
soup kitchen, or shelter.
- 83% of pantries, 64% of kitchens, and 67% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 65% of pantries, 39% of kitchens, and 62% of shelters of the Community Harvest
Food Bank of Northeast Indiana reported that there had been an increase since
2001 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites
- Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for the agencies,
accounting for 72% of the food used by pantries, 41% of kitchens' food, and 52%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana, 89% of pantries,
100% of kitchens, and 76% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).