This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The San Francisco Food Bank. 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 inperson 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 San Francisco Food Bank included approximately 491 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 341 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 235 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.
- 32% of pantries, 43% of kitchens, and 40% 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, 69% of pantries, 53% of kitchens, and 47% of shelters of The San Francisco Food Bank 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 89% of the food distributed by pantries, 41% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 33% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).
- As many as 87% of pantries, 76% of kitchens, and 77% of shelters in The San Francisco Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).