WHO RECEIVES EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE?
According to Hunger in America 2010 data gathered in Northeast Tennessee indicates 34% of households have children under 18 years old, 8% of households have children age 0 to 5 years, 5% of households include the elderly, about 88% of clients are non-Hispanic white, 7% are non-Hispanic black, 4% are Hispanic, and the rest are from other racial groups. 21% of households include at least one employed adult, 84% had incomes below the federal poverty level during the previous month and11% are homeless.
MANY CLIENTS ARE FOOD INSECURE WITH LOW OR VERY LOW FOOD SECURITY
Among all client households served by emergency food programs of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, 81% are food insecure. According to the U.S. government’s food security scale 44% of the clients have very low food security. Among households with children 80% are food insecure and 34% are food insecure with very low food security.
MANY CLIENTS REPORT HAVING TO CHOOSE BETWEEN FOOD AND OTHER NECESSITIES
42% of clients had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel, 27% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage, 39% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care, 32% had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation, 43% had to choose between paying for food and paying for gas for a car.
DO CLIENTS ALSO RECEIVE FOOD ASSISTANCE FROM THE GOVERNMENT?
63% of client households receive (SNAP) Benefits; it is likely that many more are eligible. Among households with school-age children 67% and 69% participate in the federal school lunch and breakfast programs, among households with school-age children 12% participate in the summer food program.
MANY CLIENTS ARE IN POOR HEALTH
42% of households served has at least one household member in poor health.
FEEDING AMERICA WILL BE PUBLISHING NEW DATA FROM THE MOST RECENT STUDY HUNGER IN AMERICA 2014. WE WILL PUBLISH IT AS SOON AS IT IS AVAILABLE.