Monthly Archives: May 2017

Breaking News – Philly Friends

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We have just learned that the Har Zion Temple in Philadelphia has paid another visit to Whitwell Middle School.

On this trip to Whitwell from Philadelphia the wonderful folks took the Middle Schoolers shopping at Sav-A-Lot to buy food for the foodbank.

Details will be in the June Newsletter.

Stay tuned.

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Hunger in America

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Hunger and Poverty Facts and Statistics [xiv]

Although related, food insecurity and poverty are not the same. Poverty in the United States is only one of many factors associated with food insecurity. In fact, higher unemployment, lower household assets, and certain demographic characteristics also lead to a lack of access to adequate, nutritious food. Read on for national hunger and poverty facts and statistics, or visit Map the Meal Gap for state-specific information.

Poverty Statistics in the United States[i]

In 2015:

  • 43.1 million people (13.5 percent) were in poverty.
  • 24.4 million (12.4 percent) of people ages 18-64 were in poverty.
  • 14.5 million (19.7 percent) children under the age of 18 were in poverty.
  • 4.2 million (8.8 percent) seniors 65 and older were in poverty.
  • The overall poverty rate according to the Supplemental Poverty Measure is 14.3 percent, significantly higher than the official poverty rate of 13.5 percent.[ii]
  • Under the Supplemental Poverty Measure, there are 45.7 million people living in poverty, 2.6 million more than are represented by the official poverty measure (43.1 million).[iii]

Food Insecurity and Very Low Food Security[iv]

In 2015:

  • 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 29.1 million adults and 13.1 million children.
  • 13 percent of households (15.8 million households) were food insecure.
  • 5 percent of households (6.3 million households) experienced very low food security.
  • Households with children reported food insecurity at a significantly higher rate than those without children, 17 percent compared to 11 percent.
  • Households that had higher rates of food insecurity than the national average included households with children (17%), especially households with children headed by single women (30%) or single men (22%), Black non-Hispanic households (22%) and Hispanic households (19%).

In 2014:

  • In 2014, 5.4million seniors (over age 60), or 9 percent of all seniors were food insecure.[v]
  • Food insecurity exists in every county in America, ranging from a low of 4 percent in Loudoun County, VA to a high of 38 percent in Jefferson County, MS.[vi]

Twelve states exhibited statistically significantly higher household food-insecurity rates than the U.S. national average 2013-2015 (13.7%)[vii]:

  1. Mississippi 20.8 %
  2. Arkansas 19.2 %
  3. Louisiana 18.4 %
  4. Alabama 17.6 %
  5. Kentucky 17.6 %
  6. Ohio 16.1 %
  7. Oregon 16.1 %
  8. North Carolina 15.9 %
  9. Maine 15.8 %
  10. Oklahoma 15.5 %
  11. Texas 15.4 %
  12. Tennessee 15.1 %

[i] Proctor, B.D., J.L. Semega, & M.A. Kollar. (2016). Income and Poverty in the United States: 2015. U.S. Census Bureau.

[ii] Renwick, T. & L. Fox (2016). The Research Supplemental Poverty Measure: 2015. U.S. Census Bureau.

[iii] Ibid.

[iv] Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M. P., Gregory, C., & Singh, A. (2016). Household Food Security in the United States in 2015. USDA ERS.

[v] Ziliak, J.P. & Gundersen, C. (2016.) The State of Senior Hunger in America 2014: An Annual Report, Supplement. National Foundation to End Senior Hunger (NFESH).

[vi] Gundersen, C., A. Dewey, A. Satoh, M. Kato & E. Engelhard. Map the Meal Gap 2016: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level. Feeding America, 2016.

[vii] Coleman-Jensen, A., Rabbitt, M. P., Gregory, C., & Singh, A. (2016). Household Food Security in the United States in 2015. USDA ERS.

[viii] Ibid.

[ix] Feeding America, Hunger in America 2014, National Report. August 2014.

[x] Ibid.

[xi] Ibid.

[xii] Ibid.

[xiii] U.S. Department of Labor. Bureau of Labor Statistics. 2015


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Monthly Results for April 2017

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Food Bank Results

Category MCCM1




Adults 871 709
Children 335 269
Families 444 364
Boxes 604 N/A
Total Active Clients 1265 N/A
Total Inactive Clients3 1781 N/A
New Clients This Month 13 N/A
Net Growth This Month 1.028% N/A


  1. MCCM Reporting reflects all client family visits to food bank during the month.
  2. Chattanooga Area Food Bank (CAFB) Reporting eliminates duplicate visits by a client family.
  3. Clients who have not received assistance in the last 12 months.


Good Neighbors Results

Families Disbursements
39 2673.96

Disbursements per Service Type

Service Type Disbursements
Electric 2031.70
Kerosene 25.00
Propane 70.00
Water 547.26

Disbursements per Utility Supplier

Utility Supplier Disbursements
Castle Grocery 25.00
Jasper Water and Sewer 70.00
Smiths Hardware 70.00
South Pittsburg Water 70.00
SVEC 2031.70
Tennessee American Water (Whitwell Water) 407.26


Year-to-date Food Bank Results
Year-to-date Good Neighbors Results