Hunger in Sacramento County
- According to Feeding America’s 2011 Map the Meal Gap study, 17.2% of Sacramento County, or 236,950 individuals are food insecure. (Food Insecurity is USDA’s measure for lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household member; limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods.)
- In 2010, Foodlink distributed over 12 million pounds, or 384 semi truckloads, of food in Sacramento County.
- Foodlink is Sacramento County’s Official Food Bank and feeds approximately 102,000 individuals per month in the county. Of the 102,000 individuals, approximately 35,000 are children and 8,000 are seniors.
- Over 140 partner agencies visit Foodlink to receive food which they then distribute in their communities.
- Foodlink’s Senior Brown Bag Program, mobile pantries, school programs and school distributions help to reach populations that may be underserved in the county.
- Foodlink is the largest Food Bank in the nation – both in physical size and the amount of food it handles (the Sacramento and Statewide programs combined).
- Foodlink works in partnership with many organizations, including Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, Target, Walmart, Sam’s Club, Blue Diamond Growers, Davis Ranch, Save Mart, Safeway, Sutter Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Mercy Hospital, Olive Garden, Subway and others, to prevent waste and provide food to the hungry through its food rescue programs.
- Foodlink works in partnership with California Department of Social Service, is a distribution partner for Feeding America, and is a member of the California Association of Food Banks.