44,400 YOLO COUNTY RESIDENTS RECEIVE FOOD ASSISTANCE EACH YEAR

National Hunger Study provides a glimpse of what hunger looks like in Yolo County

A new study by Yolo Food Bank and Feeding America shows that more than one in

five Yolo County residents, or an estimated 44,400 people, receives assistance from Yolo Food Bank and

local emergency food providers each year. This includes over 2,900 children and 15,500 seniors, 60 years

The study, Hunger in America 2014, is the most comprehensive examination of Hunger in the United

States. Conducted every four years, this study documents the role that Feeding America member food

banks and their partner agencies play in addressing food insecurity at the local and national level.

Locally, this study offers a snapshot of the clients served by Yolo Food Bank and its partner agencies.

This report goes deeper than client demographics as it examines the challenges clients face and the

choices they are forced to make living on extremely limited incomes. Findings from the study include:

 

WIDESPREAD USE OF FOOD ASSISTANCE

• Yolo Food Bank serves 44,400 people annually. Accounting for multiple program visits, Yolo

Food Bank’s network of programs reach clients 404,200 times a year, which means clients are

visiting food assistance programs an average of nine times a year.

 

MAKING TOUGH CHOICES AND TRADE-OFFS TO KEEP FOOD ON THE TABLE

Following are the choices client households reported making in the past 12 months:

• 57 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for medicine/medical care.

• 52 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for housing.

• 31 percent report choosing between paying for food and paying for utilities.

• 29 percent report making choices between paying for food and paying for transportation.

 

CLIENTS STRUGGLING WITH HEALTH ISSUES

• 49 percent of households report purchasing inexpensive, unhealthy food because they could not

afford healthier options.

• 62 percent households have a member with high blood pressure.

• 31 percent of households include a member with diabetes.

 

LOW WAGES, UNDEREMPLOYMENT AND UNEMPLOYMENT DRIVING NEED

• 21 percent of respondents have faced foreclosure or eviction in the past five years.

• Among all households served by Yolo Food Bank’s agencies and programs, 54 percent have at

least one member who has been employed in the past year.

o 20 percent of these households are making the choice every month.

o 16 percent of these households are making the choice every month.

o 16 percent of these households are making the choice every month.

o 19 percent of these households are making the choice every month.

 

Between October 2012 to August 2013, Yolo Food Bank and 58 of its partner agencies participated in

this study. “We are very grateful to our partners and the handful of loyal volunteers who, collectively,

logged 195 hours interviewing the participants in this study. Without their dedication we would not

have been able to participate in this vital analysis of hunger in Yolo County,” said Kevin Sanchez,

Executive Director, of Yolo Food Bank. “As we look ahead to Hunger Action Month this September, it

is important to remember the dynamic work Yolo Food Bank does every day and how much more we can

do together, as a community, to alleviate hunger in our county.”

 

Click here to discover what hunger looks like in Yolo County (full report .pdf)

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