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    Nearly 4 million Californians struggled to put food on table
    dethalternateDate: Thursday, 12-July-2012, 8:11 AM | Message # 1
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    California is America's most populous state and now it might be the hungriest.

    A report released by the University of California at Los Angeles Center for Health Policy Research shows that one in six Californians had trouble feeding themselves during the recession.

    That means nearly 4 million people couldn't buy food because of the troubled economy.

    Since the recession began, California has lead the nation in unemployment and foreclosure rates.

    With no jobs, Californians are finding it harder and harder to put food on the table.

    Rosemary Priebe is just one of the millions of Californians struggling to get by.

    Priebe says as the price of everything goes up, it becomes nearly impossible to provide for her family.

    The study shows that families with children and low-income Latinos are most affected.

    But this surge in food insecurity is also affecting married couples and people with jobs.

    The report highlights the progress being made by a federal food assistance program known as CalFresh in California.

    The data suggests that such safety-net programs are working and need to be expanded.

    The study also recommends a push to enroll more low-income Californian children in free school breakfast and lunch programs.

    More than half of the state's 6 million public school students are eligible for these programs, yet less than 1 million children eat breakfast at school.

    undeadDate: Thursday, 12-July-2012, 8:16 AM | Message # 2
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    By Gwen Driscoll

    An estimated 3.8 million California adults — particularly those in households with children, as well as low-income Latinos — could not afford to put adequate food on the table during the recent recession, according to a new policy brief by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.

    In 2009, about one in six low-income Californians had "very low food security," which describes multiple instances in which people had to cut their food intake and experienced hunger, according to the study, which is based on data from the California Health Interview Survey. This is double the one-in-12 figure from 2001.

    Food insecurity skyrocketed during the "Great Recession" of 2007–09, when California's unemployment rate increased from 5 percent in 2007 to 11 percent in 2009. In addition, inflation-adjusted median household income decreased by nearly 5 percent from 2009 to 2010, the largest decline on record, the study's authors noted.

    As California continues to struggle with a lethargic economic recovery, the authors noted that many families may still be struggling.

    "With the economy still in a slump, many families are grappling with difficult choices: 'Do I pay the bills or buy food to feed my children?'", said study co-author Gail Harrison, a faculty associate at the Center for Health Policy Research and a professor at UCLA's Fielding School of Public Health. "In a state that is the nation's breadbasket, it's sad to see that so many people don't know where their next meal is coming from."

    Struggling households are not alone in facing difficult food choices. This week, the House Agriculture Committee holds hearings on the farm bill, which funds the nation's largest anti-hunger program. In June, the Senate passed its version of the farm bill and made $4.5 billion in cuts to food stamp benefits.

    "Congress can help families avoid food insecurity by maintaining an adequate and resilient safety net," said Matthew Sharp of California Food Policy Advocates, which funded the study.

    Food insecurity is defined as not having enough food or not having enough income to ensure a balanced diet. It is associated with poorer physical and mental health, including an increased risk of depression, diabetes and hypertension, the study's authors said.

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