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Hunger in America

Study Findings

food.jpgWest Ohio Food Bank participated in a research study called Hunger in America 2010. The study was conducted for Feeding America by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc. Many staff and volunteers from food banks around the nation completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by member charities in the Feeding America food bank network. More than 37,000 member charities (emergency pantries, kitchens, and shelters only; supplemental and after-school programs were not included) also completed questionnaires giving feedback on the food banks of which they are partners. The final report of this study was released by Feeding America in early February 2010.

The following are findings pertaining specifically to the West Ohio Food Bank's 11 county service area.

How many clients receive emergency food from the West Ohio Food Bank?

  • The Feeding America system served by the West Ohio Food Bank provides food for an estimated 57,900 different people annually.
  • Approximately 11,300 different people receive assistance in any given week.

Who receives emergency food assistance?

  • 41% of the members of households served by the West Ohio Food Bank are children under 18 years old.
  • 7% of the members of households are elderly.
  • 42% of households include at least one employed adult.
  • 76% have incomes below the official federal poverty level.

Many clients report having to choose between food and other necessities.

  • 44% of clients served by the West Ohio Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
  • 36% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage.
  • 35% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care.
  • 25% had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation.
  • 45% had to choose between paying for food and paying for gas for a car

Do Feeding America clients also receive food assistance from the government?

  • 44% of client households served by the West Ohio Food Bank are receiving Food Stamp Program benefits; however, it is likely that many more are eligible.
  • Among households with school-age children, 56% participated in the federal school lunch program and 38% participate in the school breakfast program.

Many clients are in poor health.

  • 36% of households served by the West Ohio Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health.

Have agencies been experiencing changes in the need for their services?

  • 79% of pantries, 85% of kitchens, and 83% of shelters of the West Ohio Food Bank reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites.

Where do these agencies obtain their food?

  • The West Ohio Food Bank is by far the single most important source of food for the agencies, accounting for 61% of the food used by pantries, 40% of kitchens' food, and 43% of shelters' food.

Impact of elimination of food bank.

  • 78.6% of pantries, 72.7% of kitchens, and 60.0% of the shelters believed that the elimination of the food bank would have a significant or devastating impact on their programs.

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The West Ohio Food Bank depends on donations from our community to assist in our mission of eliminating hunger in Northwest Ohio.