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A Report on Emergency Food Distribution in the United States in 2009 Hunger in America 2010 Executive Summary 35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 2000 Chicago, Illinois 60601 1.800.771.2303 www.feedingamerica.org ©2010 Feeding America. All rights reserved. Feeding America is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit recognized by the IRS. 089-1742 201002
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3 | HUNGER IN AMERICA 2010 1 Footnote… HUNGER IN AMERICA 2010 | 1 About Feeding America Feeding America is the nation’s network of more than 200 food banks and the largest domestic hunger-relief charity in the United States. Each year, Feeding America secures and distributes more than 2.6 billion pounds of food and grocery products to 61,000 agencies nationwide. Our agency network provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37 million Americans in need annually. Our strength is derived from our member food banks, which serve all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, reaching nearly all metropolitan, suburban and rural communities. Hunger does not discriminate and neither does the Feeding America network—our members serve people regardless of their race, age or religion. For more than 30 years, our members have been assisting low-income Americans who struggle to meet their daily needs. TERMS USED IN THIS STUDY AGENCY A charitable organization that provides the food supplied by a food bank or food-rescue organization directly to clients in need, through various types of programs. EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE Charitable feeding programs whose services are provided to clients who are typically in short-term need of emergency assistance. Hunger in America 2010 only measures emergency food assistance usage by client households of the Feeding America network. Emergency food programs include food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. FOOD BANK A charitable organization that solicits, receives, inventories and distributes donated food and grocery products pursuant to industry and appropriate regulatory standards. The products are distributed to charitable human-service agencies, which provide the products directly to clients through various programs. FOOD INSECURITY USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members; limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. KITCHEN (SOUP KITCHEN, COMMUNITY DINING ROOM) A charitable program whose primary purpose is to provide prepared meals, served in the kitchen, to clients in need. NON-EMERGENCY FOOD ASSISTANCE Charitable feeding programs that have a primary purpose other than emergency food distribution, but also distribute food. Non-emergency food programs include afterschool meals to low-income children, senior congregate meal programs, child day care programs, Kids Cafe and BackPack programs. PANTRY (FOOD PANTRY, FOOD SHELF) A charitable distribution agency that provides clients food and grocery products for home preparation and consumption.
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