Publishers: Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest); Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Publication Date: Feb 1, 2010
Copyright Info: Copyright 2010 Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest). All rights reserved.
Summary/Abstract: This report presents the result of a study conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The study is based on completed in-person interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network. Emergency food programs are defined to include food pantries, soup kitchens, and emergency shelters serving short-term residents. It should be recognized that many other types of providers served by food banks are, for the most part, not described in this study, including such programs as Congregate Meals for seniors, day care facilities, and after school programs.