February 1, 2006
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2006, conducted for America's Second Harvest (A2H), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed in person interviews with more than 52,000 clients served by the A2H food bank network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 30,000 A2H agencies. The study summarized below focuses mainly on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the A2H network.Key Findings: The A2H system served by the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties provides food for an estimated 75,400 different people annually.33% of the members of households served by The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).43% of client households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among client households with children, 73% are food insecure and 48% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).43% of clients served by The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).29% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).24% of households served by The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano included approximately 176 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 108 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 85 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.60% of pantries, 50% of kitchens, and 12% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).61% of pantries, 80% of kitchens, and 12% of shelters of the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties reported that there had been an increase since 2001 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 70% of the food distributed by pantries, 48% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 49% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).For the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano Counties, 89% of pantries, 84% of kitchens, and 56% of shelters use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).