Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Food Bank of Corpus Christi. 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 Food Bank of Corpus Christi provides emergency food for an estimated 112,700 different people annually.27% of the members of households served by The Food Bank of Corpus Christi are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).26% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 78% are food insecure and 34% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 220.127.116.11).37% of clients served by The Food Bank of Corpus Christi report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).26% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).32% of households served by The Food Bank of Corpus Christi report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1).The Food Bank of Corpus Christi included approximately 120 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 118 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 88 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.73% of pantries, 24% of kitchens, and 25% 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, 71% of pantries, 50% of kitchens, and 71% of shelters of The Food Bank of Corpus Christi 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 90% of the food distributed by pantries, 31% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 30% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 84% of pantries, 54% of kitchens, and 50% of shelters in The Food Bank of Corpus Christi use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
Charles F. Kettering Foundation;
Between 2007 and 2009, more than 3,000 citizens met with their neighbors in community centers, classrooms, churches, and libraries throughout the United States to talk about the issue known as the achievement gap. Participants in the forums discussed three possible options for closing the gap: raising expectations; providing more funding for struggling schools; and addressing root causes, such as poverty and poor health. As they deliberated, the citizens learned a great deal -- about their schools and their neighborhoods, about the persistence of subtle racial inequities, about the lives of young people, and about how these factors interact to support or prevent learning. Attitudes about teaching and parenting were questioned and reassessed. The experience of immigrant families, shrouded by language and culture, was brought into focus.
These and other findings are the subjects of this Kettering Foundation report. In the end, the people who participated in forums realized that schools cannot shoulder the entire task of educating the next generation, that the quality of education cannot be measured by test scores alone, and that success for all our children requires something more from all of us.