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Food Insecurity in San Mateo County
Presentation to the End Hunger Work Group


How are San Mateo County residents participating in federal and state food programs? What factors impact food insecurity in San Mateo County?

In this presentation, we review how factors such as housing instability, job projections, and cost of living challenges impact food insecurity. About 30-40% of San Mateo County residents are food insecure but ineligible for benefits because of the difference in local self-sufficiency measures and the federal poverty line that qualifies people for programs. With the senior population growing in the county, food insecurity will likely increase in the coming years.

As of late 2016, the End Hunger Work Group is currently reviewing local data and key hunger related issues and will then explore action steps that may be effective in reducing food insecurity and hunger in San Mateo County.