Hunger in America 2010
This month, Feeding America released a landmark study that showed that 1 in 8 Americans is seeking emergency food assistance from its network of Food Banks. For our community, the numbers are even higher. 1 in 5 people in San Antonio and Southwest Texas is getting assistance from the San Antonio Food Bank network of pantries, shelters, and soup kitchens.
The Hunger Study shows that we have more than doubled the number of people we are reaching every week since 2006 – from 25,000 to 58,000.
The Hunger Study shows that children are the fastest growing demographic group receiving emergency food assistance – from 27% in 2006 to 36% in 2009.
The Hunger Study shows that half of our clients are faced with difficult choices regarding basic necessities – 48% report having to choose between paying for utilities or heating fuel and food; 47% had to choose between paying for rent or a mortgage and food; 39% report having to choose between paying for gas for a car or food.
But the most important thing the Hunger Study does is provide scientific proof for what we already know – we are providing emergency food assistance to more people than ever before. We see their faces every day in our lobby, at our pantries and soup kitchens, at our HOPE sites and Kids Cafe sites – the working poor families, the “new poor”, the children, the seniors.
We fulfill our mission thanks to the support of the community and with your continued support we will continue to fight hunger and feed hope.