Eat up: As the economy expands, contributions to this industry will increase

Over the five years to 2017, the Community Food Services industry is expected to grow due in part to a volatile labor market that increased food insecurity, a measure of an individual's vulnerability to hunger. This led to greater demand for the industry's food aid and social services, allowing industry organizations to secure needed government and private donations and contributions. On average, operators faced higher costs over the period, due to expanded food services. Most organizations are not motivated by profit, however, and many small operators entered the industry to meet growing demand. As the economy expands, corporate and individual contributions to this industry are projected to increase over the five years to more.

Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth 12-17
Forecast Growth 17-22
Market Share of Companies
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Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Operators faced higher costs over the past five years, due to expanded food services
  • Federal funding for social services is estimated to increase
  • Food price inflation is anticipated to remain higher than the consumer price index
  • Industry Report - Industry Investment Chapter

    The Community Food Services industry is characterized by a low-to-medium level of capital intensity. Capital expenditures in this industry are limited to agency-owned warehousing and distributional assets, such as trucks, tents and other emergency equipment. Over the past five years, capital investment has slightly increased as industry operators relied more on computer systems to manage warehouses and donations. Nevertheless, overall depreciation costs are low. Conversely, charitable food services organizations are highly dependent on labor, because workers are needed to distribute and prepare food, manage warehouses, solicit donations and other important supporting activities. How...purchase to read more.

    Additional Insights for the Community Food Services Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Community Food Services Industry are

  • Ability to provide goods/services in diverse locations
  • Having an integrated operation
  • Ability to control size and growth of internal bureaucracy
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Per capita disposable income and Federal funding for social services in the Community Food Services industry impact industry performance..

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    What is the Community Food Services Industry?

    Industry operators collect, prepare and deliver food to the needy. This industry includes food banks, meal delivery programs and fixed and mobile soup kitchens. Generally, establishments deliver meals to persons who cannot prepare meals for themselves due to age, disability or illness. Additionally, operators may also distribute clothing and blankets. This industry excludes emergency relief services that provide food and other aid to disaster victims.

    Industry Products
  • Soup kitchen and on-site meal provision
  • Food pantry and food bank services
  • Food collection and distribution
  • Other services
  • Industry Activities
  • Collecting food for the needy
  • Preparing food for the needy
  • Delivering food to the needy
  • Distributing clothing and blankets to the poor
  • Table of Contents

    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Per capita disposable income
  • Federal funding for social services
  • Poverty rate
  • Consumer price index

  • Current Performance
  • Increased demand
  • Federal funding
  • Private sector funding
  • Growing costs
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Increased demand
  • Federal funding
  • Industry expansion
  • Table: Community Food Services Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Community Food Services Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Public Administration
  • Consumers

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Bread Production
  • Canned Fruit & Vegetable Processing
  • Cereal Production
  • Cookie, Cracker & Pasta Production
  • Dairy Product Production
  • Supermarkets & Grocery Stores
  • Truck & Bus Manufacturing
  • Vegetable Farming

  • Products & Services
  • Food collection and distribution
  • Other services
  • Food pantry and food bank services
  • Soup kitchen and on-site meal provision
  • Chart: Community Food Services Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
  • Poverty and unemployment
  • Food Insecurity and food prices
  • Federal nutritional assistance programs: consumer subsidies

  • Major Markets
  • Households with incomes below the poverty line
  • Households with incomes 100% to 185% of the poverty line
  • Households with incomes over 185% of the poverty line
  • Households without incomes
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Community Food Services Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
    ProfitPurchasesWagesRent and utilitiesAdditional costs
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Community Food Services

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Community Food Services Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Feeding America
  • Table: Feeding America - financial performance

  • Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Community Food Services Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Table: Industry Data for the Community Food Services Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2008-2022)
  • Industry Gross Product (2008-2022)
  • Establishments (2008-2022)
  • Businesses (2008-2022)
  • Employment (2008-2022)
  • Wages (2008-2022)
  • Poverty rate (2008-2022)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Table: Industry Financial Ratios
    Food Bank
  • A facility that sorts, inventories, stores and distributes (mostly) donated foods for use by government agencies and direct service organizations (e.g. food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters).
  • Food Pantry
  • A location where food is donated and made available to be picked up by low-income and needy individuals for preparation at-home.
  • Food Security
  • USDA classification of an individual's access to food and vulnerability to hunger, measured in the Food Security Supplement to the CPS.
  • Soup Kitchen
  • A place or mobile location where meals are prepared and served on-site to low income and needy individuals for free or at a very low cost.
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap)
  • Formerly called the Food Stamp Program, SNAP is a federal-assistance program that provides assistance to low- and no-income people and families living in the United States
  • Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program (Tefap
  • A federal program responsible for providing emergency food and nutrition assistance to low-income persons; this is the most important federal program for industry operators.
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