Increasing Food Insecurity in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks
The John W. Gardner Center for Youth and Their Communities at Stanford is currently conducting a Needs Assessment for the Redwood City & North Fair Oaks Community. The purpose of the study is to gather and analyze data from residents regarding how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and to inform local decision-makers so that they can ensure the needs of the community are met. Preliminary results of the study have highlighted the severe impact that COVID-19 is having on the community. Residents reported an increase in food insecurity since the start of the pandemic, now affecting 15% of households in Redwood City and North Fair Oaks. This reflects the exponential increase in demand that Second Harvest of Silicon Valley has seen. With residents beginning to receive COVID-19 vaccinations and positivity rates declining, we need to turn our focus on the economic recovery, which will take a concerted effort to adequately address. Community-based organizations and other trusted partners continue to play a key role in ensuring residents have access to emergency food resources through Second Harvest’s community food distribution sites.