For 2016, the Hunger Index shows:
♦ Thirty-six percent of all households (70,000) were at risk of being hungry.
♦ While those households were able to purchase 114 million meals, they needed help with an additional 82 million meals.
♦ Food assistance programs through the County of Sonoma, the Redwood Empire Food Bank, Meals on Wheels and other agencies providing benefit enrollment, provided 49 million meals.
♦ The remaining gap in missing meals is 34 million.
♦ If 34 million missing meals were spread among the County’s total 500,000 residents, each person would miss one meal a week.
♦ Sonoma County has a 34 million meal gap; meaning that people are skipping meals and children are going to bed hungry.
The Index is calculated by:
1) totaling the number of meals local low-income families need, based on the USDA’s Food Plan for a healthy food intake,
2) subtracting the number of meals families purchase on their own, and
3) adding in the number of meals provided by food assistance programs.
If You're Hungry
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Closing the Meal Gap
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