California Hunger Overview

Food stamp use has increased during the recession, but many people who are eligible are not using them. Learn how Santa Cruz County stack up in this 2009 report.

California is the Golden State, but Many are Poor

Over 2.8 million people in the state do not have reliable access to enough food, meaning that more than 1 in 3 state residents is on the verge of need at any given time.

Second Harvest Works for Systemic Change

Civic engagement is central to our mission. Our dedicated Education and Outreach staff works not only to provide food, but to influence legislative decisions that affect food accessibility for low-income families. Visit our Advocacy page to see how you can lend your voice to support a well-nourished community.

2.9 million low-income adults in California lack sufficient resources to adequately put food on the table.

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