A food pantry, or food bank, provides food to those who are unable to afford food due to economic issues. These issues can range from job loss, homelessness, natural disaster, etc. Most commonly it is low income households that find food banks most convenient as food banks are, according to the Houston Food Bank website, “a private, nonprofit organization.” These nonprofits organizations offer food to in need households at no charge as part of their charitable services. This of course is ideal for those households that have only one working or no working adults.
The demographics show in the chart below, taken from page sixty-one of a hunger study done by Houston Food Bank, show that the highest number of usage in all categories of service that Houston Food Bank offers is that of people who are unemployed.
This fits with the claim that those who are part of in need and low income households take full advantage of the services and help that Houston Food Bank, and other organizations like it, offers to the public. Naturally those in charge of the Houston Food Bank, and organizations like it, know that these in need and low income households rely on them for help when it comes to staying fed and keeping their households from food insecurity.
The explanation of Food Insecurity from the Texas Food Bank Network is, “Food insecurity means that consistent access to adequate food is limited by a lack of money and other resources at times during the year.” The graph to the side, taken from tfbn.org, shows a brief representation of the recent increase in food insecurity in homes as the years have progressed up until the year 2010. Texas Food Bank Network explains “that the two primary causes of food insecurity are poverty (i.e. not having enough money to meet one’s needs) and unemployment.” This of course correlates closely to the state of the economy, which when it suffers results in
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