Across California, 4.7 million adults and 2.0 million children live in low-income households affected by food insecurity. Food insecurity means having limited, uncertain, or inconsistent access to the quality and quantity of food that is necessary to live a healthy life. Having sustained access to enough food is tied to positive social, physical, and mental health outcomes.
While the data shared in this analysis focus on Californians with incomes below 200% of the official federal poverty measure, food insecurity also affects households with higher incomes.
Access the factsheet to learn more about food insecurity in your community as well as the troubling gap between a living wage and eligibility for nutrition assistance programs. PDF