Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Greater Baton Rouge 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 FA system served by The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank provides emergency food for an estimated 171,600 different people annually.32% of the members of households served by The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).52% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 61% are food insecure and 24% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).36% of clients served by The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).32% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).5% of households served by The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank included approximately 108 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 64 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 59 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.72% of pantries, 100% of kitchens, and 0% 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, 86% of pantries, 67% of kitchens, and 50% of shelters of The Greater Baton Rouge 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 91% of the food distributed by pantries, 59% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 15% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 91% of pantries, 100% of kitchens, and 100% of shelters in The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Public Education Network (PEN);
In 1994, the Public Education Network (PEN) entered into a cooperative agreement with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Division of Adolescent and School Health (CDC/DASH) to integrate comprehensive school health programs (CSHP) into a larger, systemic school reform effort at the local and national levels. Under this agreement, PEN worked with and provided funds to six local education funds (LEFs) to implement local projects that would establish, enhance, and/or institutionalize school health programs within their districts -- and in the case of one LEF, throughout the state. This case study documents the experiences of these LEFs and their partners in the second year of the implementation of this project, which focused on activities reforming the health education curriculum reform.
PEN was able to explore and delineate the issues surrounding comprehensive services through its first federal grant from the CDC. Through the Comprehensive School Health Initiative (CSHI), PEN, along with its partner LEFs, aims to link school health and school reform by approaching the issue of school and adolescent health, including HIV prevention, with public engagement as a major component. This report looks at the challenges LEFs faced as they engaged a wide array of entities in examining health education curriculum and reform efforts to make it more comprehensive, age-appropriate and developmental.