This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Food Bank of
South 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.
- The A2H system served by the Food Bank of South Jersey provides food for an
estimated 84,100 different people annually.
- 36% of the members of households served by the Food Bank of South Jersey are
children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 41% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among households with children, 76% are food insecure and 46% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 45% of clients served by the Food Bank of South Jersey report having to choose
between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).
- 31% 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 Food Bank of South Jersey report having at least
one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Food Bank of South Jersey included approximately 202 agencies at the
administration of this survey, of which 172 have responded to the agency survey.
Of the responding agencies, 137 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or
- 77% of pantries, 74% of kitchens, and 55% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 70% of pantries, 92% of kitchens, and 50% of shelters of the Food Bank of South
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 78% of the food used by pantries, 47% of kitchens' food, and 58%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Food Bank of South Jersey, 88% of pantries, 87% of kitchens, and 67% of
shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).