Feeding America Agencies and Food Programs: Sources of Food Distributed by Programs

Feb 01, 2010
  • Description

Chapter 13.1 describes how much of the food distributed through emergency food programs comes from food banks versus other sources. Key Findings:

  • Food banks are a major source of food, providing 75.5% of the food the pantries distribute, 49.6% of the food the kitchens serve, and 41.1% of the food the shelters serve.
  • 80.6% of pantries, 64.4% of kitchens, and 58.1% of shelters receive food from churches or religious congregations.
  • 46.3% of pantries, 48.2% of kitchens, and 49.0% of shelters receive food from local merchants or donations by farmer.
  • 54.4% of pantries, 33.5% of kitchens, and 31.4% of shelters receive food from TEFAP.
  • Pantry programs operated by government agencies receive 81.6% of their food from the program's food bank, compared with 71.7% for those operated by community action program agencies.
  • Kitchen programs operated by faith-based or religion-affiliated nonprofit agencies receive 53.1% of their food from the program's food bank, compared with 42.1% for those operated by private nonprofit agencies that are neither faith-based nor religion-affiliated.
(Excerpted from Hunger in America 2010.)