Hunger in Brown County 2012

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A snapshot of hunger in Brown County, including food security and pantry usage statistics and low-income families' barriers to accessing nutritious food.

A snapshot of hunger in Brown County, including food security and pantry usage statistics and low-income families' barriers to accessing nutritious food.

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  • 1. What Does Hungerin Brown CountyLook Like?March 2012
  • 2. How much has food pantry usage increased  over the past three years?
  • 3. ANSWER: About 21%About how many households use  food pantries in Brown County  every month?
  • 4. ANSWER: 5,860 householdsWhat do we know about their food  security status?
  • 5. Food Security Status of Households That Use Food Pantries• 7% High Food Security: No problem with food  access.• 11% Marginal Food Security: Some anxiety over  food shortage but no change in diet or in food  intake.• 44% Low Food Security: Changes made of  reduced quality, variety or desirability of the diet  but not in food intake.• 38% Very Low Food Security: Multiple  indications of disrupted eating patterns and  reduced food intake.
  • 6. Who are people using food pantries in Brown County?CHILDREN• 50% have children  between 5 and 27• 30% have children  under 5 years old• 20 % have no children
  • 7. Who are people using food pantries in Brown County?ETHNICITY• The majority of households are Caucasian at  58%.• The largest minority group is Hispanic at 20%.• The remaining 22% are other ethnic  minorities (NA 8%, AA 7%, other). Caucasian 22% 20% 58% Hispanic Other Ethnic Minorities
  • 8. Who are people using food pantries in Brown County?EDUCATION• 30% more than high school• 37% high school graduate or GED• 18% 9th – 10th grade• 15% less than 9th grade
  • 9. Who are people using food pantries in Brown County? EMPLOYMENT• 60% of households have working adults  living there. However, having a job does  not improve food security among pantry  users. • 17% make below minimum wage• 59% make between $7.50 and $12.00 an  hour – this is considered the living wage  for one single adult. For one adult with  one child in childcare, the living wage is  $17.05.
  • 10. Other than not having enough money for food, what are the most common reasons people report not having enough food? • 37%  Not able to get to pantry  during open hours • 35%  Have no car • 25%  Bus costs too much • 23%  Bus doesn’t go  where they need it • 22%  It’s too hard to  get to the store • 20%  Have no grocery  store in the area
  • 11. What other kinds of food assistance are used by pantry shoppers?• 51% Friends and relatives• 44% Free or reduced school lunch• 38.5% Free or reduced school breakfast• 26% Summer lunches in the park• 24.8% Community meal sites• 49.8% Receive FoodShare  (up from 42.8% in 2004)
  • 12. Why don’t more people receive FoodShare if they are using a pantry? • 43% don’t think they are eligible. • 31% applied but are not eligible. Asset limit includes savings and retirement, recently unemployed. • 20% don’t need them, don’t want them  or don’t know how to apply. • 13% don’t know about food stamps.
  • 13. How important is it to choose a diet with 5 or more servings of fruit and vegetables?  73% of respondents said they  should eat more fruits and  vegetables
  • 14. Reasons People do not eat the Recommended Amount of  Vegetables and Fruits
  • 15. What are the most common strategies usedby people to have enough money for food?• 49% borrowing from friends• 37% neglecting health care needs• 35% not paying rent on time• 23% use payday loan services• 18% got another job• 17% live with another household
  • 16. What would help people have enough money for food? • 59% affordable housing • 40% learning how to budget money • 40% garden space to grow food • 37.5% having a grocery store nearby • 31.6% improved transportation • 29% help applying for FoodShare • 21.5% learning how to prepare foods • 14.6% affordable childcare