This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central 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 Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
provides food for an estimated 63,900 different people annually.
- 35% of the members of households served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of
East Central 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, 75% are food insecure and 31% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 44% of clients served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana
report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating
fuel (Table 6.5.1).
- 31% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical
care (Table 6.5.1).
- 24% of households served by the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central
Indiana report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana included approximately
109 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 104 have responded to
the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 74 had at least one food pantry,
soup kitchen, or shelter.
- 80% of pantries, 83% of kitchens, and 54% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 81% of pantries, 67% of kitchens, and 69% of shelters of the Second Harvest Food
Bank of East Central Indiana 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 60% of the food used by pantries, 55% of kitchens' food, and 25%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana, 98% of pantries, 76%
of kitchens, and 70% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).