Chapter 1 presents highlights of findings from Hunger in America 2010, a study conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
Highlighted Findings Include:
- Estimates of the number of Feeding America clients served.
- Key demographic characteristics of clients.
- Levels of food insecurity among clients.
- Forms of government assistance that clients also receive.
- The health status of Feeding America clients.
- The number of food pantries, emergency shelters, and soup kitchens that the Feeding America national network includes.
- Where these agencies obtain their food.
- The number of volunteers who contribute their time to the Feeding America network.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)