Hunger in America 2010 National Report Prepared for Feeding America

Hunger in America 2010 National Report Prepared for Feeding America

Published: Jan 30, 2010
Publisher: Princeton, NJ: Mathematica Policy Research
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Hunger in America: An In-Depth Look

Time frame: 2008-2010

Prepared for:

Feeding America

Authors

Rhoda Cohen

Frank Potter

Zhanyun Zhao

Hunger in America 2010, conducted for Feeding America, is the largest, most comprehensive study to date on domestic hunger. Using data collected at food pantries, soup kitchens, and other programs nationwide, the study found that one in eight Americans—more than 37 million—received emergency food assistance in 2009 through Feeding America, an increase of 46 percent since four years ago. Recipients represented a broad cross-section of America, including 14 million children and 3 million seniors. Approximately 40 percent were white, 34 percent were African American, and 20 percent were Hispanic. Thirty-six percent of recipient households had at least one adult who was working. Ten percent were homeless. Seventy-five percent were food insecure.

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