The Feeding America ‘Hunger in America Study’ is the only comprehensive nationwide study that provides in-depth information on the characteristics, circumstances and coping strategies of those living with hunger. We are often called upon by funders, legislators, and the communities we serve to provide information about those who are living with hunger and agencies that serve the hungry. Findings from this study will give Feeding America and the Atlanta Community Food Bank the information they need to fight hunger in America for the next several years and to answer questions about the needs of the hungry.
The study is done once every four years and results in reports for the nation and Georgia.
We are thankful for the over 170 volunteers who have trained for the Hunger Study and are helping us as we visit over 100 different sites through August 30th. Look forward to more information when the results of the Hunger in America Study are published in the Spring of 2014!
For the Atlanta Community Food Bank, the Hunger in America 2010 study found that:
- The FA system served by The Atlanta Community Food Bank provides emergency food for an estimated 397,200 different people annually.
- 34% of the members of households served by The Atlanta Community Food Bank are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).
- 33% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).
- Among households with children, 73% are food insecure and 25% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 184.108.40.206).
- 39% of clients served by The Atlanta Community 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).
- 20% of households served by The Atlanta Community Food Bank report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)
- The Atlanta Community Food Bank included approximately 683 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 376 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 277 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.
- 74% of pantries, 65% of kitchens, and 49% 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, 82% of pantries, 84% of kitchens, and 53% of shelters of The Atlanta Community 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 72% of the food distributed by pantries, 47% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 31% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).
- As many as 91% of pantries, 87% of kitchens, and 81% of shelters in The Atlanta Community Food Bank use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).