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Hunger in America 2014:

What is the Hunger in America study?

FamilyHunger in America is a series of studies that provide comprehensive demographic profiles of people seeking food assistance through the charitable sector and an in-depth analysis of the partner agencies in the Feeding America network that provide this assistance.  It is the largest study of its kind.  The data collected through Hunger in America studies help guide the development of program and solutions that improve food security for individuals and their households and inform public policy and support for solving hunger in America.

Hunger in America 2014 is the sixth and most comprehensive study undertaken. The study reveals that each year, the Feeding America network of food banks provides service to 46.5 million people in need across the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.


East Texas Food Bank Local Findings

People Served

Annual estimated number of clients:    252,900
Estimated number of clients weekly:      26,900
Estimate number of children served:      64,700

Demographics of Clients

Percentage of African American clients: 40%
Percentage of Hispanic clients:                11%
Percentage of Caucasian clients:             46%

Working Poor

Percentage of households with at least one
employed adult:                                         54%


Percentage who made the choice between
food & medicine/medical care:                              76%
Percentage who made the choice between
food & utilities:                                                        75%
Percentage who made the choice between
food & transportation:                                            72%

Coping Strategies

Percentage purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food:   89%
Percentage receiving help from friends & family:          48%
Percentage watering down food or drinks:                    46%
Percentage growing food in a garden:                            25%