What Is “Hunger”?
The Food Bank defines hunger as the consistent lack of enough food to meet nutritional requirements. It can mean fewer meals each day and poor-quality food that is calorie-rich but nutrient poor.
The Hidden Problem of Hunger
Hunger is a problem that many of us do not see yet it affects people all around us. We are in contact with people affected by hunger every day and most of us are unaware of it – the senior citizen at the post office, the child walking home from school, the co-worker in your office, the construction worker on the job site, the cashier at the coffee shop. These are all familiar faces, and most likely one or all of these people are struggling with hunger in our community.
Hunger and Poverty in San Diego County
Of San Diego County’s 3.1 million residents, 467,054 people live in poverty – that’s 14.7% of the population of San Diego County. Of this number, 136,124 are children. These individuals face “food insecurity” which means that little to no food is available at home, and often they will not know how they will get their next meal.
(*U.S. Census Bureau. American Community Survey, 2014. Compiled by SANDAG, April 2016.)
Hunger and Homelessness
The face of hunger in San Diego has changed. Many people associate the Food Bank with those who are homeless, but the majority of the people we feed are low-income individuals and families who have homes but struggle daily to put food on the table. And increasingly in this tough economic climate middle class families are now seeking help from the Food Bank.
Download our 2016 Hunger Fact Sheet for more hunger statistics and information.
Hunger Fact Sheet 2016