Hunger 101

Ohio Hunger Statistics

In any given week, 207,700 Ohioans receive emergency food assistance

35% of them are children under 18

One out of ten of those children are under 5

78% of households served in Ohio are Food Insecure

50% of Ohioans served have to choose between paying for food  or paying for utilities/heat

One Third have to choose between paying for food and paying their rent or mortgage


Toledo Northwestern Ohio Food Bank Statistics 2012:

• Distributed more than 89 million pounds of food over the past 30 years. 

• Currently serve more than 300 non-profit agencies in 8 counties: Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky, Williams and Wood.

• Member agencies include: soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, non-profit daycare centers, rehabilitation centers, group homes, holiday food basket programs and special programs for children and the elderly.

• In 2012, over 7,346,000 pounds of food was distributed throughout 8 counties in NW Ohio.

• In 2012, distributed over 2,816,000 pounds of fresh produce.

• More than 5,739,000 meals were served by soup kitchens, shelters and supplemental feeding sites from our member agency network in 2012.

• Through member agencies in the 8 counties served, more than 571,000 people received food assistance in 2012, an increase of 6% from the previous year.

• Over 196,800 children were served in 2012, an increase of 11% from the previous year.

• In 2012, the Mobile Food Pantry delivered more than 2,578,000 pounds of fresh produce, breads, dairy, meats, baked goods and assorted items.

• Donations come from both local and national companies, food drives and individual donors.


Hunger in America

The Food Bank is currently participating in the Hunger Study, the largest study of charitable food assistance in America. Feeding America is the primary sponsor of this study, with generous funding from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation. The purpose of the Hunger in America 2014 study is two-fold.

First, it will collect information on the current work of the Feeding America network of food banks. This includes talking to agencies that get food and grocery items from food banks (agency survey) and from the clients they serve (client survey). The information collected from this study will help Feeding America, and its network of food banks, to better understand the agencies they work with to provide hunger relief. Second, it will identify issues faced by both the agencies and the clients they serve.

Findings from this study will give Feeding America the information they need to fight hunger in America for the next several years. Feeding America will use the data to advocate for government assistance such as TEFAP, CSFP, and SNAP. The findings will also support fundraising efforts by helping us to educate our donors and the public about the scope of services provided by food banks.




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