Signs of Struggles

CFPA has released two new data briefs which indicate low-income households are struggling to afford food.

CFPA Primary Contact

George Manalo-LeClair
Senior Director of Legislation
Oakland Office

County Data

For other county data points, visit our nutrition profiles  page.

CalFresh Resources

For more on CalFresh, visit our
CalFresh page.

Increased Food Insecurity In California

According to data from the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), more than 3.7 million California adults experienced food insecurity in 2009. The U.S. Department of Agriculture defines food insecurity as "limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods." The number of those struggling is up from 2.8 million low-income adults in 2007 – a thirty percent increase. 

A two-page brief presents this new Food Insecurity by County in California  PDF

Press Releases

County-specific press releases  for some counties are available here:

Additional Resources

The data are from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey (CHIS). More information on CHIS link

CHIS used the Food Security Measure. More information on the Food Security Measure link

Increased CalFresh Participation 2006-2011

CalFresh (formerly Food Stamps) has increased 93% statewide since 2006. 

A two page brief on the increases in CalFresh Participation by County 2006-2011 PDF

Additional Resources

The data were compiled from CalFresh participation reports collected each month by the California Department of Social Services. Source data link

The state's CalFresh page  link

For more on CalFresh policy advocacy link