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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.

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Hunger in Brown County 2012

  1. 1. What Does Hungerin Brown CountyLook Like?March 2012
  2. 2. How much has food pantry usage increased  over the past three years?
  3. 3. ANSWER: About 21%About how many households use  food pantries in Brown County  every month?
  4. 4. ANSWER: 5,860 householdsWhat do we know about their food  security status?
  5. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 14. Reasons People do not eat the Recommended Amount of  Vegetables and Fruits
  15. 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. 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