River Bend Foodbank News!
Simply, the more donations made to the River Bend Foodbank from March 1st to April 30th, the more of the Feinstein challenge money we will get! For the 15th consecutive year, Alan Shawn Feinstein will divide $1 million among hunger fighting agencies nationwide using it to help them raise funds this March and April.
Only donations or pledges received from March 1st to April 30th, from use of the Feinstein challenge will qualify. These donations can include cash, checks or pledges.
Upon the completion of the Challenge, the Foodbank will report the amount raised through the challenge. $1 Million will be divided proportionately among all participating agencies (a minimum of $250 and a maximum of $35,000 to participating agencies).
Feinstein's past annual spring $1 Million challenges to fight hunger have raised over $1.25 Billion for over 2,000 agencies and houses of worship nationwide helping the needy. A full report of the results of this 2012 Challenge will be available in July.
To make a donation visit www.riverbendfoodbank.org
Landmark New Study Reveals an Unprecedented Number of Quad City Families Seeking Emergency Food Assistance
Largest, Most Comprehensive Report Ever Conducted On Emergency Food Distribution Reports 27Percent Increase in Clients Served Annually.
A landmark study released today by River Bend Foodbank and Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief organization, reports that more than 84,100 people, including 32,800 children, receive emergency food each year through River Bend and its member agencies. On any given week River Bend Foodbank's distribution network serves 10,000 different people. The findings represent a 27 percent increase since the findings reported in Hunger in America 2006.
Hunger in America 2010 is the first research study to capture the significant connection between the recent economic downturn and an increased need for emergency food assistance. The number of children and adults in need of food as a result of experiencing food insecurity has significantly increased.
Among all households served by food pantries and emergency programs in our 22-county service area more than 42% or 30,000 local residents are experiencing very low food security or hunger, a 27% increase in the number of households compared to four years ago.
Nationally, more than one in three client households are experiencing very low food security or hunger a 54 percent increase in the number of households compared to four years ago.An estimated 5.7 million people receive emergency food assistance each week from a food pantry, soup kitchen, or other agency served by one of Feeding America's more than 200 food banks, including the River Bend Foodbank. This is a 27 percent increase over numbers reported in Hunger in America 2006, which reported that 4.5 million people were served each week.
"This is by far the most in-depth study ever conducted on the state of hunger in our service area," says Tom Laughlin, Executive Director of River Bend Foodbank which is located in Moline, Illinois. "It will be very beneficial to have the hard data on what hunger looks like right here. Unfortunately, it's a picture of people having to choose between food and heating fuel (46% of food recipients) or food and medication ((38%)."
Says Vicki Escarra, president and CEO of Feeding America,"It is morally reprehensible that we live in the wealthiest nation in the world where one in six people are struggling to make choices between food and other basic necessities. These are choices that no one should have to make, but particularly households with children. Insufficient nutrition has adverse effects on the physical, behavioral and mental health, and academic performance of children. It is critical that we ensure that no child goes to bed hungry in America as they truly are our engine of economic growth and future vitality."
The methodology incorporated into the 2010 study includes data collected from February through June, 2009. The River Bend Foodbank conducted face-to-face interviews with more than 300 people seeking emergency food at food pantries, soup kitchens and other emergency feeding programs, as well as interviews with 150 agencies that provide food assistance.
Nationally, Feeding America collected quantitative and qualitative feedback from 61,000 face-to-face in-depth interviews with people seeking emergency food assistance and more than 37,000 agency surveys, making this study the largest, most-comprehensive ever conducted on domestic hunger. USDA reported in November 2009 that an estimated 49 million people, including 17 million children, are at risk of hunger in this country. Hunger In America 2010 reinforces the dramatically increasing need for food assistance in the United States.
Of the 84,100 different people who access food assistance in River Bend's service area:
- 40% have a job
- 39% are children
- 46% report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel
- 50.3% of households with children under 18 have very low food security which means they are hungry
- 15% consituted the recently unemployed
- 31% have at least one member of the household in poor health 56.5% have unpaid medical or hospital bills
- Among those who have worked before or are currently working, 22.8% either had or currently have managerial or professional jobs
The Hunger Study also revealed that 65% of the food distributed by food pantries was received from River Bend Foodbank .