Hunger's New Staple

HIA HNS Report

After the Great Recession, households are using emergency food assistance programs as a consistent solution

In 2012, Feeding America in partnership with Austin Community College published Food Banks: Hunger’s New Staple. Drawing on data from Feeding America’s Hunger in America 2010 study, findings suggest that families are not only visiting pantries for emergencies or temporary, acute food needs – instead, for most people seeking food assistance, but pantries are also now a part of households’ long-term strategies to supplement monthly shortfalls in food. Seniors, who so often are limited by fixed or no incomes, were among the most consistent pantry clients.