Number of Meals Provided to Vulnerable Households & Missing Meals
Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties
The Hunger Index
The Hunger Index analysis is conducted by the Food and Agribusiness Institute of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business, through a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank and Bank of America. Released during the Hunger Action Summit every year, the Index measures the gap between the need for food in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties and the ability of individuals to get food either on their own or with the help of federal food-assistance programs such as CalFresh and local non-profit organizations like Second Harvest. Other food assistance programs include Senior Nurtrition, Summer Meals, School Meals (Breakfast, Lunch – Free and Reduced Price), WIC, CACFP and other sources. The number of unmet meals is known as the meal gap. Vulnerable Households are defined as having an annual income of less than $50,000.
Missing Meals refer to the gap between the total number of meals needed by vulnerable households and the number provided.
Resources for Relevant Data and Reports (show)
- California Department of Education, Free/Reduced Price Meals
- CalWORKS Data Files
- Center for the Continuing Study of the California Economy
- kidsdata.org (Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health)
- MTC Vital Signs
- Pew Research Center
- Public Policy Institute of California, Data Depot
- U.S. Census Bureau
- U.S. Dept. of Commerce, Bureau of Economic Analysis