Hunger in America 2014
Hunger in America is a national survey done every four years by Feeding America and its member food banks, to a) document the critical role food banks and their food shelf and other agency partners play in supporting those who are hungry and b) document the number and characteristics of clients who seek help from the charitable food network.
The Second Harvest Heartland Service Area
Second Harvest Heartland serves 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin.
We serve about
532,000people each year.
more than 33% are children
0–18 years old
10%are seniors 60+
Though many clients are searching for work and/or working towards an education, they still experience challenges with underemployment, limited income and poor health.
68%of households have a member who worked for pay in the past year.
18%of households have at least one member who is a veteran or actively deployed.
36%have some post-high school education.
•reported no income
•income of $20,000 or less
•income of $20,001 to $30,000
•income of $30,000+
Many hungry clients had to make these tough decisions at least once in the past year:
67%choose medical care/medicine.
They choose coping skills to help manage their hunger.
81%chose inexpensive, unhealthy foods.
52%received help from family or friends.
42%pawned or sold property.
33%watered down food or drinks.
Second Harvest Heartland is one of the nation’s largest, most efficient and most innovative food banks. In 2015, we delivered food for more than 80 million meals to nearly 1,000 food shelves, pantries and other agency partner programs serving 59 counties in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Second Harvest Heartland helps relieve hunger not only by sourcing, warehousing and distributing food, but through data-driven thought leadership and community partnerships that help improve the region’s larger hunger relief system. For more information, visit 2harvest.org or call.