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Hunger in America 2010

In order to address the problem of hunger, first we must understand it. To that end, Hunger in America 2010, the largest study of domestic hunger ever conducted, provides an in-depth look at who is in need, how the need is met, and by whom.

Nationally, the Hunger in America study is conducted by the Feeding America network every four years through member Food Banks. This is the fifth extensive study of hunger of its kind since 1993.

Locally, through 319 face-to-face client interviews and 231 surveys of local charitable agencies, Hunger in America 2010: San Antonio and Southwest Texas chronicles the nature and incidence of demand for emergency food assistance, which, in turn, helps charitable feeding organizations better address the burgeoning need through program development and refinement.

The results also better inform the public policy discourse so that Federal nutrition programs can better serve those in need.

The report shows that hunger is increasing at an alarming rate in the Southwest Texas, and the San Antonio Food Bank network is expanding its reach in response:

  • We are serving 54% more people annually (unduplicated numbers)
  • We are now providing emergency food assistance to almost 58,000 people every week, up from 25,000 in 2006
  • Children are the demographic group with the biggest increase – from 27% in 2006 to 36% in 2010
  • 46% of households we serve have at least one working adult

To learn more:

To see the national results of Hunger in America 2010, click here.