This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Food Bank of
Western New York. 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 Western New York provides food
for an estimated 140,000 different people annually.
- 26% of the members of households served by the Food Bank of Western New
York are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 31% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among client households with children, 76% are food insecure and 33% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 52% of clients served by the Food Bank of Western New York report having to
choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table
- 32% 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 Western New York report having
at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Food Bank of Western New York included approximately 415 agencies at the
administration of this survey, of which 184 have responded to the agency survey.
Of the responding agencies, 127 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or
- 69% of pantries, 48% of kitchens, and 50% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 80% of pantries, 70% of kitchens, and 37% of shelters of the Food Bank of
Western New York 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, 57% of kitchens' food, and 39%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Food Bank of Western New York, 95% of pantries, 88% of kitchens, and
77% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).