Rising Costs of Food and Housing Drives Food Insecurity in San Diego County

San Diego State University’s Economic Impact and Recipient Data Report

On July 6, San Diego State University released an economic impact and recipient data report for the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. The study details the considerable influence this organization has on our county.  
The report used data from a survey of over 1,000 clients at various food pantries across the county. 
 Key findings include: 

  • The rising costs of food and housing coupled with stagnant wage growth have resulted in increasing food insecurity for San Diego’s low-income households. However, the Food Bank and its partners, like CRC, offer programs that serve as a lifeline for those in need.
  • Food partners play a critical role in aiding households that are struggling to survive on an average median income of $21,000. 
  • According to the findings, inflation has led to a higher demand for North County residents, directly impacting our services and programs at CRC:
    The food bank supplies over half (53%) of the food for residents in North County San Diego – 11% higher than the rest of the County. North County residents’ average median income of families receiving food assistance is 33% less than the rest of the County.

With the increasing demand for aid in North County, your support of Food Bank partners like CRC can help ensure that seniors, families, and veterans have access to the resources they need to maintain their health and housing. 

You can read the article from the San Diego Food Bank here.
CLICK HERE to download a copy of the full report.