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Table 1 Descriptive characteristics for local authorities with food banks (2015/16)

From: Food bank operational characteristics and rates of food bank use across Britain

Variable Local authorities Mean or % Std. Dev. Min Max
Food parcel distribution as percent of population 257 2.37 1.63 0.13 13.2
Number of day-time hours food banks open in local authority per week 257 16.4 17.9 0 158.5
Number of evening hours food banks open in local authority per week 257 0.28 0.93 0 10
Number of weekend hours food banks open in local authority per week 257 0.6 1.28 0 6
Distribution sites per 100 KM2 257 3.43 4.95 0.02 27.5
Equality Act core disabled and work-limited disabled rate (% working-age adults) 257 19.50% 4.4 8.5 33
Unemployment rate (% working-age adults) 233 5.20% 1.96 1.7 11.1
Working Tax Credits (% households) 257 10.90% 3.13 4.07 23.6
Any food banks open on weekends
 No 203 78.99% 0.41 0 1
 Yes 54 21.01% 0.41 0 1
Any food banks open in evenings
 No 223 86.77% 0.34 0 1
 Yes 34 13.23% 0.34 0 1
Daytime opening hours
 Less than 15 h per week 162 63.78% 0.48 0 1
 15 h + per week 92 36.22% 0.48 0 1
Food bank density
 Less than 1 per 100 KM2 114 44.36% 0.50 0 1
 1–2 per 100 KM2 63 24.51% 0.43 0 1
 3+ per 100 KM2 80 31.13% 0.46 0 1