Changes in Feeding America Client and Agency Characteristics: Agencies and Food Programs

Feb 01, 2010
  • Description

Chapter 15.6 shifts the focus from changes in the client characteristics to changes in agency characteristics from 2005 to 2009. Key Findings:

  • The percentage of pantries, kitchens, or shelters run by government-affiliated agencies decreased from 2.4% to 2.1%.
  • The percentage of pantries, kitchens, or shelters run by a faith-based or religion-affiliated nonprofit agencies decreased from 68.5% to 67.3%.
  • The percentage of pantries providing budget and credit counseling increased from 10.7% to 11.0%. For kitchens, the percentage increased from 7.2% to 8.7%. For shelters, the percentage increased from 37.7% to 40.8%.
  • The percentage of food distributed that comes from food bank(s) increased from 74.2% to 75.5% for pantries. For kitchens, the percentage increased from 49.0% to 49.6%. For shelters, the percentage decreased from 41.5% to 41.1%.
  • The percentage of programs that had no paid staff in their workforce during the week prior to this study increased from 66.2% to 67.7% for pantries, from 40.5% to 42.0% for kitchens, and from 10.8% to 15.3% for shelters.
  • The percentage of pantries and kitchens purchasing products from sources other than food banks increased for nearly all product categories. This was not true for shelters.
  • The percentage of programs that need more fresh fruits and vegetables increased from 35.0% to 41.7% for pantries, from 49.2% to 53.0% for kitchens, and from 51.4% to 54.4% for shelters.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)