Who Benefits

According to the 2010 Hunger in America Study, the Chattanooga Area Food Bank provides food to an estimated 20,000 clients each week.  The Hunger Study is a nation-wide survey of food assistance organizations and clients.  The survey was coordinated through Feeding America and designed by Mathmatica Policy Research, Inc.

The Chattanooga Area Food Bank surveyed 398 clients, asking questions on family budgets, health status and food resources.  Key findings of the local study include:

Who receives food from the Chattanooga Area Food Bank?

  • 40% of the members of households served the Food Bank are children under 18 years old
  • 9% of the members of households are children age 0 – 5 years
  • 5% of the members of households are elderly
  • 86% of clients are non-Hispanic white, 8% are non-Hispanic black, 3% are Hispanic and the rest are from other racial groups
  • 31% of households include at least one employed adult

Food Insecurity

  • Among all client households served by emergency food programs of the Chattanooga Area Food Bank, 82% are food insecure, according to the U.S. Government’s official food security scale.
  • 40% of the clients have very low food security

Clients choosing between food and other necessities

  • 52% of the clients served by the Chattanooga Area Food Bank report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
  • 34% had to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage
  • 41% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care
  • 33% had to choose between paying for food and paying for transportation
  • 43% had to choose between paying for food and paying for gas for a car