This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Food Bank of
Monmouth and Ocean Counties. 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 Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
provides food for an estimated 69,300 different people annually.
- 27% of the members of households served by the Food Bank of Monmouth and
Ocean Counties are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 44% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among client households with children, 85% are food insecure and 45% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 37% of clients served by the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties report
having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
- 32% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).
- 26% of households served by the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties
report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties included approximately 167
agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 137 have responded to the
agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 103 had at least one food pantry, soup
kitchen, or shelter.
- 83% of pantries, 63% of kitchens, and 30% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 72% of pantries, 33% of kitchens, and 45% of shelters of the Food Bank of
Monmouth and Ocean Counties 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 65% of the food used by pantries, 57% of kitchens' food, and 40%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Food Bank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties, 91% of pantries, 93% of
kitchens, and 100% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).