Nearly four million Californians are food insecure.

M. Pia Chaparro, Brent Langellier, Kerry Birnbach, Matthew Sharp, Gail Harrison

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Food insecurity has increased significantly among low-income Californians over the last decade. According to data from the 2009 California Health Interview Survey, 3.8 million adults in households with incomes at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL) could not afford enough food at least once in the previous year. Low-income households with children and Spanish-speaking households suffered from the worst levels of food insecurity. Expanding nutrition assistance programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, could help reduce high rates of food insecurity among the low-income population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-8
Number of pages8
JournalPolicy brief (UCLA Center for Health Policy Research)
Issue numberPB2012-2
StatePublished - Jun 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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