Number of Meals Provided to Vulnerable Households & Missing Meals

Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties

Data Source:

The Hunger Index


Santa Clara University, Leavey School of Business

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 the most vulnerable 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 Nutrition, 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. The most vulnerable households are defined as having an annual income of less than $50,000, although many households with higher incomes are also at significant risk of food insecurity.

Missing Meals refer to the gap between the total number of meals needed by the most vulnerable households and the number provided.

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