Changes in Feeding America Client and Agency Characteristics: Use of Food Assistance Programs

Feb 01, 2010
  • Description

Chapter 15.3 explores changes in participation and eligibility in federal food assistance among emergency food clients. Key Findings:

  • The percentage of clients or household members that were currently participating in SNAP increased from 35.4% to 41.0%. The increase among shelter clients was largest, from 31.1% to 42.0%.
  • Among households with at least one child age to 3, the percentage that participate in WIC increased from 51.0% to 54.1%. Among households with at least one school-aged child, the percentage that participate in the National School Lunch Program decreased from 62.0% to 61.9%; the percentage that participate in the School Breakfast Program increased from 51.3% to 53.6%
  • The percentage of clients that are not receiving SNAP benefits because it is too much hassle or is hard to get to the office decreased from 19.2% to 16.2%.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)