OASHF Profiles

Who uses the Emergency Food Assistance Network?

During 2002, household characteristics and composition began changing our view of the typical family. While the average number of household members remains at 3, there is no clear division based on age group between the number of adults, 18 to 59 years old and 60 years or older, and children, 0 to 12 months and 1 to 17 years-old. In 2001, the survey found households on average represented 1 adult and 2 children.

The 2002 Survey found a new trend of individual households beginning to jointly combine their resources.  Of survey respondents:

35% of the households with children included 2 or more adults. These adults were reported as immediate parents, grandparents, adult siblings, and other relatives.

19% were single parent households with children.

18% were single adult households, ages 18 to 59.

11% were households comprised of 1 or more adults, ages 60 or older, with no children.

17% were multiple adult households, ages 18 to 59 and ages 60 and older.


In 2002, the No Name Please! survey was completed by 72% females and 28% males. 17,663 individuals were living in these households in Ohio. Of these,

4% were children, ages 0 to 12 months.

38% were children, ages 1 to 17 years.

50% were adults, ages 18 to 59.

8% were adults, ages 60 and older.


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