Sunday, July 25, 2010

Disturbing facts about food in District 10

A recent Briefing on Hunger and Food Insecurity in San Francisco For the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has special significance for the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood in District 10, and our community's children, youth, seniors and people living in poverty. The Briefing was produced by the San Francisco Food Security Task Force.

While many San Franciscans may not qualify for federal nutrition programs, they are still at risk for hunger. Of all Supervisorial districts, District 10 has the lowest median income per capita, the 2nd highest number of residents served by pantries, and the highest number of individuals receiving food stamps.

Over 33,000 breakfast, lunch and snacks are served each day, during the school year, through the San Francisco Unified School District. During the summer months, lunches are served through summer school, and through partnerships between the Department of Children, Youth and their Families and community-based organizations. In 2010, summer school may be limited in San Francisco. DCYF is planning to serve more children through their summer lunch program. In 2009, District 10 had the most summer lunch sites of all districts, serving 2,296 children.

Older adults throughout California face a shortage of nutrition resources. Of all Supervisorial districts, District 10 is home to the 2nd lowest number of seniors living in the district, and the 6th highest number of city-funded congregate meals served.

The San Francisco Food Security Task Force was established at the request of District 10 Supervisor Sophie Maxwell. For more information, contact Paula Jones at the Food Security Task Force at (415) 252-3853 or by email.

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