Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by Harvest Texarkana. 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.
Harvest Texarkana included approximately 112 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 112 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 72 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.80% of pantries, 41% of kitchens, and 57% 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, 83% of pantries, 91% of kitchens, and 83% of shelters of Harvest Texarkana 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 76% of the food distributed by pantries, 36% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 34% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 97% of pantries, 87% of kitchens, and 50% of shelters in Harvest Texarkana use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).