Intro Background 2 Still

Did you know...?

The number of family visits to CARES (each visit by a family) was 7,119 in 2006 and was 8,153 in 2007. A 14% annual increase!

The Need


Base on census reports and the poverty level in Pickens County, we have a very pressing need here. Looking at the current population in 2008 as the base, when we project the population for the county we discover that by the year 2015 we will have over 11,000 new neighbors (over one third of our current population). 


The 2005 poverty level was 2,932 people and if we project this into 2015 we also find that there will be an estimated 4,415 people below the poverty level. When we consider that there will be over 8,000 visits to CARES in 2008 and then project this number based on the increase in poverty, we expect to have almost 12,000 visits to CARES in 2015 (only seven short years away).

This data is striking. CARES alone expects to increase from roughly 8,000 visits in 2008 to roughly 12,000 visits in 2015. The demands this will place on food supplies, financial resources, facilities, staff, and volunteers is significant.


As you can see, the need is great and growing and we welcome your participation in whatever way you are able.

Hunger in America

Did you know that...

  • In 2006, 35.5 million Americans lived in food insecure households, 22.8 million adults and 12.6 million children.
    In 2006, 10.9% of households (12.6 million households) were food insecure, a statistically insignificant decrease from 11% (12.6 million households) in 2005.
  • In 2006, 4% of households (4.6 million households) experienced very low food security, a small increase from 3.9% in 2005.
  • In 2006, households with children reported food insecurity at almost double the rate for those without children, 15.6% compared to 8.5%.
  • In 2006, households that were more likely to experience food insecurity were households with children, households with children headed by single women (30.4%) or men (17%), households with incomes below the poverty line (36.3%), Black households (21.8%) and Hispanic households (19.5%).
  • In 2006, 5.9% of households with seniors ( 1.59 million households) were food insecure (low food security and very low food security), a statistically insignificant decrease from 6% ( 1.6 million households) in 2005.

Use of Emergency Food Assistance and Federal Food Assistance Programs

  • In 2006, 3.3% of all U.S. households (3.8 million households) accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times, or 21% of all food-insecure households.3
  • In 2006, food insecure (low food security or very low food security) households were 19 times more likely than food-secure households to have obtained food from a food pantry, an increase in likelihood from 17 times in 2005.4
  • In 2006, food insecure (low food security or very low food security) households were 15 times more likely than food-secure households to have eaten a meal at an emergency kitchen, an decrease in likelihood from 19 times in 2005 . 5
  • In 2006, 55.5% of food-insecure households participated in at least one of the three major Federal food assistance programs - Food Stamp Program, The National School Lunch Program, and the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, remaining unchanged from 55.6% in 2005. 6
  • America's Second Harvest Network provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 25 million low-income people annually, an 8% increase from 23 million since Hunger In America 2001.7
  • America's Second Harvest provides emergency food assistance to approximately 4.5 million different people in any given week. 8
  • Among members of the America's Second Harvest network, 65% of pantries, 61% of kitchens, and 52% of shelters reported that there had been an increase since 2001 in the number of clients who come to their emergency food program sites.



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