Share of the Population that is Food Insecure

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties, Bay Area, and California | 2015

Data Source:

Feeding America, Map the Meal Gap


Feeding America

Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies

Data is from Map the Meal Gap 2017: Food Insecurity and Child Food Insecurity Estimates at the County Level (using 2015 data). Silicon Valley data includes Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. Feeding America estimated food insecurity rates at the county level using a state-level relationship between food insecurity and poverty, unemployment, homeownership, and other indicators.

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