Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. 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 The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc provides emergency food for an estimated 162,000 different people annually.50% of the members of households served by The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc 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, 82% are food insecure and 35% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 188.8.131.52).60% of clients served by The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).39% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).33% of households served by The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1).The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc included approximately 140 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 139 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 126 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.84% of pantries, 52% of kitchens, and 46% 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, 76% of pantries, 75% of kitchens, and 88% of shelters of The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc 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 94% of the food distributed by pantries, 61% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 50% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 90% of pantries, 72% of kitchens, and 50% of shelters in The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
The second report offers findings from fieldwork in five study sites in California, Florida, Illinois, South Carolina and Texas, examining the involvement of families with a deported parent with health and social service systems, as well as their needs and the barriers they face accessing such services.
The researchers find that family economic hardship is highly prevalent following parental detention and deportation, while child welfare system involvement is rarer. Schools represent a promising avenue for interaction with these families and delivery of services, as school officials cannot inquire about immigration status and thus are perceived as safer intermediaries by unauthorized immigrant parents who may be skeptical of interaction with other government agencies. Other important sources of support include health providers, legal service providers and community- and faith-based organizations that immigrants trust.