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Hunger In Los Angeles County Affects Over 200,000 Low-Income Adults, Another 560,000 At Risk

Publication Topics

Diet and Nutrition; Low-Income; Racial and Ethnic Groups; 2001 CA Health Interview Survey (CHIS 2001); Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Issues; Population Focus; Data Sources

Publication Type

Policy Brief

Publication Date

2004-06-01T07:00:00Z

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Abstract

Compiled with data from the 2001 California Health Interview Survey, this study found that more than three-quarters of a million low-income adults in Los Angeles County have a difficult time reliably putting enough food on the table and thus are considered "food insecure." Among these adults, 214,000 suffer from hunger and another 561,000 live at risk for hunger day to day. Most importantly, the study found that food insecurity and hunger are found in all parts of the county. Food insecurity among low-income adults is most likely to affect African Americans (36.1%) and Latinos (33.2%), while one out of four low-income Asian adults (25.4%) and one out of five Whites (20.9%) are estimated to experience food insecurity. In addition to the countywide findings, the report estimates food insecurity within the eight service planning areas managed by the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services and for each of the county's 26 health districts. The authors also make several policy recommendations to address the problem of food insecurity, including increasing capacity and outreach efforts of food banks and charitable food programs and expanding government efforts to increase participation in food assistance programs such as the Food Stamp program. This study was conducted with funding from the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.

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Los Angeles Regional Food Bank

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California Health Interview Survey

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