The cost of living in the Bay area makes it especially difficult for working families to afford basic necessities such as housing, utilities and transportation, let alone put a healthy meal on the table.
In fact, research shows it takes a family of four $92,267 to meet the basics in the Oakland metro area. Yet 65 percent of our clients have incomes less than $28,290.
We serve 1 in 5 of our neighbors in our county. Two-thirds are children and seniors.
Hunger also harms health. Twenty percent of our clients’ households include at least one member with diabetes, and 39 percent have a member with high blood pressure.