More families pushed over the edge by economic hardship in Hays County.
July 10, 2008 § Leave a comment
One of CAFB’s 350 Partner Agencies, Hays County Food Bank, has seen a 22% increase in clientele according to this story in today’s Austin American-Statesman. The food bank reports that it’s the new demographic of clientele that is causing the shift – middle class, first-timers.
This emergency need for food is unlike responding to an acute disaster like floods, or hurricanes. Economic hardship often requires upwards of three months or more for families to get back on track. According to a 2007 survey prepared for the USDA’s Economic Research Service, 30% of pantry users visit the pantry one to three times a year; suggesting new, sporadic or short-term need for emergency food assistance. 40% visit 10 to 12 times a year.