Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest);
This report presents information on the clients and agencies served by The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana. The information is drawn from a national study, Hunger in America 2010, conducted in 2009 for Feeding America (FA) (formerly America's Second Harvest), the nation's largest organization of emergency food providers. The national study is based on completed inperson interviews with more than 62,000 clients served by the FA national network, as well as on completed questionnaires from more than 37,000 FA agencies. The study summarized below focuses on emergency food providers and their clients who are supplied with food by food banks in the FA network. Key Findings: The FA system served by The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana provides emergency food for an estimated 56,000 different people annually.45% of the members of households served by The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana are children under 18 years old (Table 5.3.2).25% of households include at least one employed adult (Table 5.7.1).Among households with children, 79% are food insecure and 32% are food insecure with very low food security (Table 22.214.171.124).51% of clients served by The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana report having to choose between paying for food and paying for utilities or heating fuel (Table 6.5.1).36% had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care (Table 6.5.1).30% of households served by The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana report having at least one household member in poor health (Table 8.1.1)The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana included approximately 77 agencies at the administration of this survey, of which 67 have responded to the agency survey. Of the responding agencies, 66 had at least one food pantry, soup kitchen, or shelter.79% of pantries, 80% of kitchens, and 0% of shelters are run by faith-based agencies affiliated with churches, mosques, synagogues, and other religious organizations (Table 10.6.1).Among programs that existed in 2006, 81% of pantries, 57% of kitchens, and 75% of shelters of The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana reported that there had been an increase since 2006 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites (Table 10.8.1).Food banks are by far the single most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 61% of the food distributed by pantries, 49% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 55% of the food distributed by shelters (Table 13.1.1).As many as 93% of pantries, 88% of kitchens, and 100% of shelters in The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana use volunteers (Table 13.2.1).
As two of the nation's leading nonprofit small business lenders, Accion, The US Network (Accion) and Opportunity Fund help entrepreneurs thrive by providing affordable capital and support services so they can start a new business endeavor or grow an existing enterprise.Accion and Opportunity Fund came together to develop a first-of-its-kind national longitudinal study of the impact of small business loans in the United States. With lead funding from The W.K. Kellogg Foundation, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, and with support from S&P Global, the study aims to uncover the qualitative impacts of lending on individuals, their businesses, and their broader communities. This study, conducted by Harder+Company Community Research, builds on the body of previous evaluation work that showed small businesses that receive loans create and retain jobs, increase revenue, and have high business survival rates. Following a cohort of more than 500 borrowers across the country, this study examines how business owners define success and how access to finance improves their entrepreneurial goals, financial health, and quality of life. By focusing on the longer-term impacts of small business lending while examining variations due to business type, geography, and other factors, the study will help deepen our understanding of how mission-based business lending impacts individuals, families, and communities.This report includes preliminary findings collected during this first phase of the study. While entrepreneurs reported perceived and actual impact to date, these changes will be tracked over time to examine the ways in which they are or are not sustained, and how these changes compare across and within lending regions.