Hunger – A Community Crisis
Hunger is a community crisis on the Central Coast. Faced with difficult choices between paying for either food, rent, utilities or medicine, many limit their food purchases. Consequently they experience periods of hunger and food insecurity or purchase cheaper, lower quality foods that increase the risks of malnutrition and obesity.
Understanding the Problem of Hunger Locally
To better understand the challenges faced by our hungry neighbors and the agencies that serve them, Second Harvest recently released its 2010 hunger study. It showed that:
- 17,200 people are served each week through member agencies, up 58% since 2006, — now over 50,000 people each month.
- 45% of those served are children
- 93% of agencies are staffed entirely by volunteers.
Be a Part of the Solution
Helping to alleviate hunger is as easy as your donation. Giving time or money can transform the lives of so many neighbors and friends in our community. Do your part today.
45% of those served by Second Harvest Food Bank are children