Reno, NV - 69% of northern Nevadans seeking food assistance struggle with the decision to buy food or pay their utility bills, according to a new study released by Hunger America 2014.
The study documents client household demographics and the challenges that Food Bank of Northern Nevada’s clients face. It is the first study that assesses the prevalence of food insecurity among past and active members of the U.S. Military and among adult students.
“This study is the only one of its kind, which shows us a much more detailed picture of the face of hunger in our area,” said Cherie Jamason, president and CEO of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada. “Many of our neighbors who are seeking food assistance have jobs, raise families, work toward education and struggle with health problems, like all of us. Too often, our clients also have to make difficult trade-offs to get enough food for their families.”
The Food Bank of Northern Nevada serves 204,200 people annually. Nearly 30% of households include someone currently or formerly in the military.
“The Hunger in America 2014 findings demonstrate the urgent need for all of us to address hunger in our communities,” said Bob Aiken, CEO of Feeding America. “This data provides a factual basis for decisions about how we as a nation approach hunger relief and protect our most vulnerable citizens.”