This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by Ozarks Food Harvest. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national 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 summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network.
- The FA system served by Ozarks Food Harvest provides emergency food for an estimated 120,300 different people annually.
- 31% of the members of households served by Ozarks Food Harvest are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 43% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among households with children, 70% are food insecure and 26% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 126.96.36.199).
- 46% of clients served by Ozarks Food Harvest report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).
- 37% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).
- 31% of households served by Ozarks Food Harvest report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- Ozarks Food Harvest included approximately 263 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 258 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 144 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter
- 57% of pantries, 26% of kitchens, and 38% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).
- Among programs that existed in 2006, 89% of pantries, 77% of kitchens, and 71% of shelters of Ozarks Food Harvest reported that there had been an increase since 2006 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 agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 61% of the food distributed by pantries, 31% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 44% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).
- As many as 89% of pantries, 76% of kitchens, and 85% of shelters in Ozarks Food Harvest use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).