Food Insecurity in Placer County
A new report released this week outlines the recent increase in food insecurity in Placer County. A task force of the Placer Collaborative Network formed to look at Placer County food systems, identify areas to strengthen it, and help families have access to healthy food.
The report found:
- Over the past five years, application for food assistance have increased 200%.
- Currently, 1 in 8 people in the county do not know where their next meal will come from.
- The root cause of hunger is the cost and availability of food. People are now regularly relying on food banks as a primary source of groceries, rather than as a rare supplemental source of food.
- There are food deserts (locations where low income families do not have access to a large grocery store within one mile of their home) in central Roseville, Lincoln and northern Auburn.
- There are over 60 feeding organizations in Placer County. At this time, their greatest needs are food, including fresh and healthy choices; facilities and equipment, especially refrigeration; and services for the homeless.
Read the full report to learn about opportunities to improve the food landscape in Placer County.
Placer Community Foundation would like to thank all of the people who volunteered their time to serve on this task force.
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