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Food Security Among California's Low-Income Adults Improves, But Most Severely Affected Do Not Share in Improvement

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Publication Date: June 2007

Publisher(s): UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

Author(s): Gail G. Harrison; Matthew Sharp; George Manalo-LeClair; Anthony Ramirez

Funder(s): California Food Policy Advocates

Funder(s): California Food Policy Advocates

Topic: Health (Food and nutrition)
Health (Health promotion)

Keywords: food security; low income; hunger

Type: Brief

Coverage: California


This policy brief reports that, according to the 2005 California Health Interview Survey, more than 2.5 million low-income Californians (30%) cannot afford adequate food for their families on a consistent basis. For more than 775,000 adults, this problem is so severe that they frequently reduce the quality of their food intake or go hungry.

This policy brief uses data from the 2001, 2003, and 2005 California Health Interview Surveys to detail the changes in food insecurity by county, income levels, and race/ethnicity. It also describes some of the recent changes in terminology used to describe food insecurity issues. Lastly, the brief discusses some policy options that could be used to address the problems described.