This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Second Harvest North Central 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 North Central Food Bank provides
food for an estimated 31,500 different people annually.
- 31% of the members of households served by the Second Harvest North Central
Food Bank 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, 57% are food insecure and 25% are
experiencing hunger (Table 6.1.1).
- 32% of clients served by the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank report
having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
- 26% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).
- 23% of households served by the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank report
having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Second Harvest North Central Food Bank included approximately 135
agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 113 have responded to the
agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 70 had at least one food pantry, soup
kitchen, or shelter.
- 34% of pantries, 37% of kitchens, and 16% of shelters are run by faith-based
agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious
organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- 60% of pantries, 49% of kitchens, and 44% of shelters of the Second Harvest
North Central 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
- Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for the agencies,
accounting for 81% of the food used by pantries, 29% of kitchens' food, and 54%
of shelters' food (Table 13.1.1).
- For the Second Harvest North Central Food Bank, 88% of pantries, 75% of
kitchens, and 68% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).