San Diego Hunger Coalition
Research Reports

Where do Hungry San Diegans Get Food?

2016 Food Assistance Landscape

In San Diego, 1 in 7 people are food insecure. When people don’t have enough to eat, where do they turn to put food on the table? This issue brief was prepared by San Diego Hunger Coalition with input and guidance from the Hunger Free San Diego Advisory Board. It shows how various programs from food banks to CalFresh, from school meals to WIC help people facing hunger meet their basic needs.

Hunger Free Kids: Opportunities by District to End Hunger

School breakfast and lunch, summer meals, and afterschool supper are just some of the ways we can end child hunger. This report is the first to take a deep look at San Diego’s efforts to feed more kids through federally funded child nutrition programs.

2016 San Diego Food Insecurity Issue Brief

According to the latest research by the San Diego Hunger Coalition, an estimated 486,000 (1 in 7) people in San Diego County experienced food insecurity in 2016. This represents 323,000 adults and 163,000 children who did not always have enough food for an active, healthy life. This research was conducted with input and guidance from the Hunger Free San Diego advisory board, a collaboration of agencies facilitated by San Diego Hunger Coalition.

Addressing Food Insecurity in Family Medicine and Medical Education

Published in the November-December 2017 issue of Society of Teachers of Family Medicine

Food insecurity is associated with poor health outcomes, yet is not routinely addressed in health care. This study was conducted to determine if education regarding food insecurity as a health issue could modify knowledge, attitudes, and clinical behavior.

Launching Rx for CalFresh in San Diego: Integrating Food Security into Healthcare Settings

A groundbreaking report identifying ways to help integrate food insecurity screenings and access to food assistance resources into healthcare settings - starting right here in San Diego. 

This report is a result of work by the Hunger Coalition and its partners to train practitioners and pilot various models for identifying and addressing food insecurity among patients in five distinct healthcare settings throughout San Diego County.

The best practices presented in this report will help more healthcare providers support those struggling with hunger.

Help Them Eat at Home: A Report for Policymakers, Anti-hunger Advocates and Administrators of the Summer Food Service Program

Based on interviews with fifty San Diego families at feeding sites, this April 2014 report evaluates the strengths and weaknesses of the federal Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). It stresses the importance of the Summer EBT for Children (SEBTC) option.

Health and Hunger Report: An Assessment of social service models integrating CalFresh and Medi-Cal in community based organizations in San Diego

A report recognizing current models of CalFresh and Medi-Cal integration and providing recommendations to support additional organizations to move towards further integrating and streamlining their application assistance programming. It is based on the observations and experiences of resident groups, county- and state-level stakeholders, and community based organizations that provide application assistance.

The report breaks out four different models, providing client and organization considerations. It also provides overarching considerations and discusses the necessary resources to implement any of the integration models shared.

Assessment of CalFresh Outreach in San Diego County

August 2012