As Thanksgiving approaches, most Americans think about gathering with families and friends for large meals. But many others face a regular struggle of placing food on the table each day. That’s where churches come in.
Almost a quarter (22 percent) of adults say their families have turned to church-run food pantries for help, according to a new survey from Lifeway Research.
Among the findings:
- One in four churchgoers (26 percent) along with one in five (18 percent) of those who never attend services have been helped by a food pantry at church.
- More than one in three African Americans (37 percent) and evangelicals (35 percent) say their family has received help, so do almost three in 10 (28 percent) of those without a college degree.
- One in four Hispanic Americans (25 percent) and one in five (19 percent) whites say they had received help.
- Those in the West (28 percent) were more likely to say they had received help than those in the Northeast (17 percent) or South (20 percent).
- Older Americans (11 percent) and those with college degrees (13 percent) were among the least likely to say yes.