Nebraska families are continuing to struggle with hunger. Approximately 25,400 different individuals across the state of Nebraska receive assistance each week from Food Bank for the Heartland and Food Bank of Lincoln according to data from a study released today by Feeding America, the nation's leading domestic hunger-relief organization.
Hunger in America 2014 documents household demographics and challenges faced by clients served by Food Bank for Lincoln and Food Bank for the Heartland.
"This data confirms that a large number of our friends and neighbors are still struggling," said Susan Ogborn, president and CEO of Food Bank for the Heartland. "Too many hard-working people are having a hard time making ends meet including putting food on the table. Obviously, much work remains and Food Bank for the Heartland and Food Bank of Lincoln are committed to help."
"It is fairly clear the recovery from the recession has mostly benefited middle-income and upper-income Nebraskans, so our work continues to be critically important to the 250,000 plus Nebraskans who are struggling with food insecurity," said Scott Young, executive director of Food Bank of Lincoln.
Key statistics from the study include the following:
·In Nebraska, approximately 64 percent of clients identify themselves as white, 7 percent as black or African American and 16 percent as Hispanic or Latino.
·An estimated 18 percent of clients served in Nebraska are seniors, aged 60 and older.
·Approximately 55 percent of client households report at least one employed person at some point in the past year.
·Approximately 42 percent of clients served have some form of post-secondary education.
·In the past 12 months, approximately 70 percent of households had to choose between paying for food and utilities.
·In the past 12 months, approximately 64 percent of households had to choose between paying for food and medicine/medical care.