A new study shows one in five people in Missouri, (estimated 1,190,600) rely upon food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves and their families.
The study documents household demographics and the challenges that Missouri food bank clients face. State Director of the Missouri Food Bank association said the study shows how deep the hunger problem runs throughout Missouri. He noted more and more people are relying upon emergency food programs just to make it through the month.
Key Findings of the Hunger in America 2014 Study for Missouri:
An estimated 70 percent of clients in Missouri are White; 20 percent are Black; and 3 percent are Hispanic. An estimated 46 percent of client households report at least one employed person at some point last year.
An estimated 60 percent of partner food programs reported an increase in the volume of clients coming to the program in the past 12 months. Among partner food programs that reportedly turned away clients for any reason in the past 12 months, an estimated 24 percent did so because they ran out of food.
65 percent of clients have had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care. 69 percent have had to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities. Missouri Food Bank Association is a coalition of six Missouri Food Banks that distributes overÂ 115 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 15-hundred community feeding programs.
The Hunger in America 2014 survey was conducted using academic research standards.
A summary of the findings is available at www.feedingmissouri.org. The full national report is available on Feeding America's website at Hunger in America 2014.
The Missouri Food Bank Association is a coalition of the six Missouri Food Banks working to provide hunger relief to every county (and St. Louis City) in the state. Collectively, we distribute overÂ 115 million pounds of food each year through a network of more than 1,500 community feeding programs.