Feeding the Need 2011 – New Food Survey Report
Experts say the US’ economic recession ended in June 2009, but if you ask the general population, many will probably tell you they’re skeptical and are still feeling the pain.
We talked to more than 30 Salvation Army food service programs across the country to put together “Feeding the Need 2011,” a survey conducted between October 2010 and December 2010 that represents the experiences of Salvation Army officers and employees who work directly with clients in need.
Based on the national feedback we’ve seen from our food service programs, there are many Americans still struggling and in need of help, despite experts’ assessment that the recession is over.
Here’s a few key findings from our “Feed the Need 2011” survey:
- 94% of Salvation Army food service programs reported an increase in requests for food assistance in 2010.
- Nearly 60% of Salvation Army programs saw donations remain flat or decline from all funding sources, including government, public and private sources.
- Of food programs surveyed, 55% reported that their shelves were half-full or less.
- 23% of programs reported that volunteering rates increased in 2010, a sign that many Americans are beginning to donate time and talent instead of money.
Donors and volunteers can learn more about supporting The Salvation Army by visiting www.SalvationArmyUSA.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.