Hundreds of thousands of people in San Diego County struggle with hunger daily.

Hunger in San Diego County

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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 3.3 million residents, 494,439 people face “food insecurity” every day. Of this number, 164,137 are children.* Food insecurity means that little or no food is available at home, and those who are food insecure do not know how they will get their next meal. Currently, 1 in 6 people; 1 in 7 adults; and 1 in 5 children are food insecure in San Diego County.*

*San Diego Hunger Coalition. San Diego County Food Insecurity, 2015.

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.

Download our 2017 Hunger Fact Sheet for more hunger statistics and information.

PDF Icon 2017 Hunger Fact Sheet