HAWAII FOODBANK SERVES ONE IN FIVE ISLANDERS Hawaii Foodbank, through its network of island food banks and their local food pantries and meal programs, provides food assistance to more than 123,000 households encompassing 287,000 Islanders—or one in five island residents—including 47,894 keiki and over 46,000 kupuna.CLIENTS MAKING TOUGH CHOICES Following are the choices client households reported making in the past 12 months:• 62 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for utilities.- 30 percent of these households are making the choice every month.• 62 percent report making choices between paying for food and paying for transportation.- 33 percent of these households are making the choice every month.• 56 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.- 28 percent of these households are making the choice every month.• 48 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for housing.- 28 percent of these households are making the choice every month.• 30 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for education expenses.- 13 percent are making the choice every month.• 35 percent of client households have a child under 18 and/or a senior member 60 years or older.
LOW WAGES, UNDEREMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT MAY DRIVE NEED FOR FOOD ASSISTANCE• Taking into consideration household size, 75 percent of client households have incomes that fall at or below the federal poverty level.• An estimated 41 percent of households have a household member who had worked for pay in the last 12 months.• 69 percent of client households state the most previously employed person is not working because they are disabled (40 percent) or retired (29 percent).
MILITARY FAMILIES SEEKING FOOD ASSISTANCE• 22 percent of households served by the Hawaii Foodbank network have at least one member that has served in the military.• Over 2500 households have at least one member who is currently serving in the military.ii
CLIENTS STRUGGLING WITH HEALTH ISSUES• 29 percent of client households have a member(s) with diabetes.• Client households report purchasing the cheapest food available, even if they knew it wasn’t the healthiest option, in an effort to provide enough food for their household.• 17% of clients have no health insurance of any kind.
HAWAII FOODBANK NETWORK AGENCIES AND PROGRAMS• Many Hawaii Foodbank network agencies (44 percent) are operated solely by volunteers.• A majority of Hawaii Foodbank network agencies (59 percent) are faith-based or located in a religious institution.• In a typical month, nearly 3500 volunteers contribute more than 6 hours of their time to food programs across the Hawaii Foodbank network. That’s more than 247,000 hours of donated labor across the Hawaii Foodbank network over the course of a year.
Hunger in America 2014 is the largest, most comprehensive study ever conducted on domestic hunger-relief efforts.• The report chronicles data collected through more than 649 confidential client surveys and 201 surveys completed by Hawaii Foodbank network food banks and their partner agencies.• Hunger in America 2014 uses rigorous academic research standards and was conducted by Westat, recognized as one of the foremost research and statistical survey organizations in the United States. This study was also peer reviewed by a technical advisory team including researchers from American University, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the Urban Institute.