Food Insecure Children in San Diego: 161,680
Nearly a quarter of children (22%) in San Diego County are considered food insecure.
Average cost of a meal in San Diego County: $3.17
San Diego’s average meal cost is 14% higher than the national average of $2.79.
Eligible San Diegans currently receiving CalFresh: 47.6%
CalFresh is California’s name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This is an estimate of CalFresh utilization among individuals who meet select CalFresh criteria. San Diego County ranked 44th out of 58 California counties with regards to CalFresh utilization in 2013. Overall, California has the second worst SNAP participation rate in the country, which means California is missing out on needed economic stimulus; the USDA estimates that every $1.00 of SNAP benefits generates $1.80 in economic activity.
Number of blind, aged, or disabled San Diegans who receive SSI: 84,827
The Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program is a federal assistance program that is meant to meet the basic needs of low-income individuals who generally cannot work. The State Supplemental Payment (SSP) is California’s contribution to this program. In 2015, the maximum SSI/SSP payment is $889 per month, which is less than the “fair market rent” of a studio apartment in San Diego County. SSI/SSP recipients are not eligible to receive CalFresh benefits.
Percentage of eligible children who participate in the federal school breakfast program in San Diego County: 40%
In contrast, participation in the school lunch program in San Diego County is nearly 75%. If participation in the school breakfast program matched participation in the school lunch program, San Diego County could be receiving over $21 million in additional federal funding. San Diego County’s participation in the school breakfast program is slightly higher than the statewide participation rate of 35%.
Overweight or obese school-aged students in San Diego County: 34.5%
In total, in estimated 59 percent of adults in San Diego County are overweight or obese. Nationwide and locally, three behaviors – including poor nutrition – contribute to four diseases (heart disease/stroke, cancer, type 2 diabetes, and respiratory conditions) that result in over 50 percent of all deaths. In addition, poor nutrition is affecting our national security - according to Mission: Readiness, nearly one third of young American adults are too overweight for military service.
Food assistance recipients in San Diego who are active duty military households: 10%
Feeding America San Diego estimates that 27% of their food assistance recipients include someone who is currently serving or has previously served in the military. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank estimates that their distributions assist 28,000 low-income military service members and their dependents each month.