Choices Between Food and Other Necessities Made by Feeding America Client Households

Feb 01, 2010
  • Description

Chapter 6.5 presents data on responses to questions where clients were asked whether their families had to choose between food and necessities during the 12-month period prior to the interview. Key Findings:

  • Among pantry client households, 49.2% had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel.
  • 9.8% of the food-secure households, 32.2% of the food-insecure households with low food security, and 52.5% of the food-insecure households with very low food security had to choose between food and medical care during the past year.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)