Hunger in San Diego County
We often think about food in terms of individual choices, family celebrations, and our cultural heritage. An estimated 476,000 San Diegans, however, have a relationship with food that is dominated by scarcity. These households—including families with children, veterans and military families, and senior citizens—do not have access at all times to enough food for an active healthy life. Why? Because of what they earn, where they live, or other gaps in our food system.
Federal nutrition programs are our nation’s most important direct defense against hunger, food hardship and unhealthy diets. When household incomes don’t provide enough to meet basic needs, programs such as CalFresh (food stamps) and school meals can bridge the gap and increase access to healthy food.
The San Diego Hunger Coalition conducts training and technical assistance for community-based organizations and schools; educates policymakers and the public about social, economic, and environmental factors that contribute to hunger; and advocates for legislative and administrative policies to end hunger, promote nutrition and
protect public health.
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