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Table 1 Socio-demographic characteristics (N = 362)

From: The demographic and morbidity characteristics of a population receiving food support in Israel

  Percent Mean (sd)
Age of responder (years)    42.5 (10.4) (Range-21-77, 85% in range 25–55)
Average age (of respondents) Jewish   42.9 (9.5)
Arab   39.6 (10.5)
Household density (no. of persons)    5.25 (2.4)
Average no. of children    3.1
Ethnicity Jewish 88  
Arab 12  
Religious level (Jews only) Ultra Orthodox 22  
Orthodox (religious) 12  
Traditional 34  
Secular 21  
Marital status Married 50  
Single (including divorced, widowed, and single parents- all with children 50  
Receiving food support Yes, before joining NFSP 50.6  
Yes, regularly 7.7  
Food security status Of which Food insecure 82.0  
Severely food insecure 54.4  
Food insecurity score    6.44 (2.2)
Net per capita monthly income In ILS   1086 (568.5)
Own a home    50%
Working households   48  
Weekly hours of work    38.1) 26.6)
Receive benefits Disability 34  
Income support 37  
Debts Household with debts 40  
Average debt (NIS)   32,330 (104,093)