This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank. 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 Heartland Food Bank provides
food for an estimated 224,200 different people annually.
- 35% of the members of households served by the Second Harvest Heartland Food
Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 47% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among households with children, 73% are food insecure and 29% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 35% of clients served by the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank report having
to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table
- 27% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical
care (Table 6.5.1).
- 19% of households served by the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank report
having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank included approximately 662 agencies at
the administration of this survey, of which 432 have responded to the agency
survey. Of the responding agencies, 233 had at least one food pantry, soup
kitchen, or shelter.
- 52% of pantries, 58% of kitchens, and 43% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 78% of pantries, 52% of kitchens, and 44% of shelters of the Second Harvest
Heartland Food Bank 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 46% of the food used by pantries, 53% of kitchens' food, and 37%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Second Harvest Heartland Food Bank, 95% of pantries, 80% of kitchens,
and 78% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).