With the pandemic, the local food bank has reached its limits by responding to a record number of requests. COVID-19 also expanded the Bay Area’s expanding food access crisis, leaving most of the region’s population more than 0.5 miles away from the nearest grocery store.
Food desert There are an increasing number of areas where access to food is below average and residents in those areas can travel miles to find the nearest grocery store. Pharmacy desert, Is also increasing every month.Recent 5 San Francisco Walgreen Shutters The store only exacerbated the problem in the city.
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— San Francisco-Marin Food Bank (@SFMFoodBank) November 20, 2021
However, Recent analysis performed by ABC7 It sheds light on how serious (and dangerous) the food access crisis is in the Bay Area.
At least 889 neighborhoods in the Bay Area are considered to have “low access to food,” according to data collected by the press. Of these cities, 600 are in San Francisco’s metro area, with an additional 289 food deserts around San Jose.quick A glance at the map It also reveals that almost all of the cities of Pittsburgh and Antioch are located in the food desert.
Further estimation Currently, 1 million Californians live in the food desert.. Further exacerbating the problem: 45% of all residents of the state of food deserts California FreshWorks.. Locally, ABC7 data analysis found that food access was low even in some 250 low-income areas of the Bay Area. It can occupy more than 20% of the county’s area, as in Santa Clara County.
Inflation in the US dollar is also due to food shortages and worsening affordability across the country, including here in the Bay Area.
according to US Bureau of Labor StatisticsIn 2021, the national average of meat, chicken, fish and eggs increased by 10.5%. Measured by the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the annual inflation rate from October 2020 to October 2021 was 6.2%, three times the annual average. It’s no wonder that the maximum monthly quota for CalFresh food stamps for single-person households hasn’t reached $ 194 these days.
And given that the average low-income household spends about 40% of their total income on food, that’s Increased hunger rate in the Bay Area Until a solution is found.
For other food access sites provided by SF-Marin Food Bank and their operation schedule, please visit the following website. sfmfoodbank.org/find-foodFor more information on how to donate acceptable food and spend time volunteering, please visit: here When here, Each.
Above photo: Twitter courtesy via @SMF FoodBank
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