There is a significant low-income population within the wealthy counties of Contra Costa and Solano. Despite an improving economy, 11.4% of the population in the two-county area – almost 180,000 people – live below the federal poverty line. After factoring in the high cost of living, especially housing, the poverty level may be as high as 17%. This translates to 275,000 people at risk of going hungry.
An astonishing 1 in 8 people in the two counties – about 180,000 individuals – turn to the Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano each month. Of those surveyed, 64% of households have seniors, children or both. Even more staggering, 29% rely on us for at least half of their food.
The Food Bank collaborated with Saint Mary’s College to develop the Hunger Study 2018. The goal of this project was to determine who our recipients are, how we are currently serving them, why people need the Food Bank’s assistance and what we should focus on moving forward. Research results will influence our programs and services and will be shared with the Food Bank staff, partners, elected officials, funders and the public.
Larry Sly, Executive Director