This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Regional Food
Bank of Northeastern 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 Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
provides food for an estimated 195,700 different people annually.
- 25% of the members of households served by the Regional Food Bank of
Northeastern New York are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 36% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among client households with children, 74% are food insecure and 23% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 37% of clients served by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating
fuel (Table 6.5.1).
- 23% od clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).
- 27% of households served by the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York included approximately 982
agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 501 have responded to the
agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 361 had at least one food pantry, soup
kitchen, or shelter.
- 67% of pantries, 59% of kitchens, and 31% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 70% of pantries, 71% of kitchens, and 59% of shelters of the Regional Food Bank
of Northeastern 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
- Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for the agencies,
accounting for 75% of the food used by pantries, 63% of kitchens' food, and 55%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York, 87% of pantries, 88% of
kitchens, and 72% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).