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Growing Hunger in America

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Client households with children are 78% food insecure, up from 73% in 2005. "Many clients report having to choose between food and other necessities:"

-- 46% between food and paying for utilities, including heating oil, up from 42% in 2005;

-- 39% between food and paying rent or mortgages, compared to 35% in 2005;

-- 34% between food and medical care, including drugs, up from 32% in 2005;

-- 35% between food and transportation; and

-- 36% between food and gasoline for a car.

Government-Provided Help

-- 41% of households get Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aid, up from 35% in 2005;

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-- 54% of households with children aged up to three get Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) help, compared to 51% in 2005; and

-- 62% of households with school-age children participate in federal school lunch programs, unchanged from 2005; 54% participate in school breakfast programs, up from 51% in 2005; 14% participate in the summer food program.

As in 2005, 29% of households report at least one member in poor health. Most clients are grateful for FA help - 92% very or somewhat satisfied and 93% with food quality. The FA network includes about 33,500 food pantries, 4,500 soup kitchens, and 3,600 emergency shelters, up 13% for pantries from 2005, and down 20% for kitchens and shelters.

Faith-based agencies run 72% of pantries, 62% of kitchens, and 39% of shelters. Some also offer other services.

Sources of Food Provided

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-- food banks account for 75% of pantry distributions, 50% for kitchens, and 41% for shelters;

-- religious organizations, government, and direct wholesale and retail purchases are other important sources;

-- the Commodity Supplemental Food Program supplies 33% of pantries, 24% of kitchens, and 22% of shelters;

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