Hunger Issues Forum SCC 2010 - Drew Starbird (Hunger Index)

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Hunger Issues Forum SCC 2010 - Drew Starbird (Hunger Index)

  1. 1. The Hunger Index 2009: Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties Dr. S. Andrew Starbird Cindy McCown Alana Sampson Michael Enos
  2. 2. What is the Hunger Index? <ul><li>An aggregate measure of the need for food by the most vulnerable members of our community. </li></ul><ul><li>The proportion of need that is unmet (1=bad; 0=good). </li></ul><ul><li>An index for comparing performance year-to-year and region-to-region. </li></ul><ul><li>A measure of how well we are serving those in need. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Why is the Hunger Index important? <ul><li>It measures whether we are achieving our goals. </li></ul><ul><li>It helps forecast the need for food assistance in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. </li></ul><ul><li>It helps food assistance programs make strategic decisions about activities. </li></ul><ul><li>It communicates the need in an accessible way (missing meals). </li></ul><ul><li>It helps our partners (agencies, contributors, government) understand the need for food in the community. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Methodology <ul><li>Based on data from US Department of Commerce, USDA, CHIS, UCLA, SC County, SM County, and our partners. </li></ul><ul><li>Three main components: Total meals required to be healthy, total meals purchased by households, and total food assistance provided. </li></ul><ul><li>As estimates turn into actuals, we update our index to ensure consistency. </li></ul><ul><li>Thank you to all the agencies that provided data! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Calculating Missing Meals <ul><li>TMR- MP - FAP = MM </li></ul><ul><li>TMR: Total Meals Required (By needy households per year) </li></ul><ul><li>MP: Meals Purchased (Meals purchased by needy households with their own funds) </li></ul><ul><li>FAP: Food Assistance Provided (The sum of all meals distributed by food assistance programs) </li></ul><ul><li>MM: Missing Meals </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Hunger Index <ul><li>The ratio of the unmet need for food assistance to the total need for food assistance. </li></ul><ul><li>HI= MM /(TMR- MP ) </li></ul>Total need for food assistance Unmet need for food assistance
  7. 7. Santa Clara County 2009 292.6 M 401.2 M
  8. 8. 18% of total households 19% 41% Number of Meals Short per household per year
  9. 9. Food Assistance Provided 2009 in Santa Clara County
  10. 10. Food Assistance: Closing the Gap 401.2M 292.6M Meals Purchased with Household Income Need for Food Assistance Food Assistance Provided Missing Meals 109.4 M 183.1M 63% 37%
  11. 11. Santa Clara County Hunger Index 37% 33% 63% 67% 178.7M 89.5M 183.1M 109.4M Total Need for Food Assistance (Millions of Meals)
  12. 12. San Mateo County 2009 84.6 M 159.4 M
  13. 13. Number of Meals Short per household per year 20% of total households
  14. 14. Food Assistance Provided 2009 in San Mateo County
  15. 15. Food Assistance: Closing the Gap 84.6 M 159.4 M Meals Purchased with Household Income 55.4M 29.2 M 65% Missing Meals Food Assistance Provided
  16. 16. San Mateo County Hunger Index 65% 71% 35% 29% 55.2 M 22.9M Total Need for Food Assistance (Millions of Meals)
  17. 17. Total Hunger Index Combined Santa Clara & San Mateo Counties 63% 68% 37% 32% Total Need for Food Assistance (Millions of Meals) 233.9M 112.5M 238.5M 138.7M
  18. 18. Summary of HI 2009 <ul><li>We’re meeting more of the need: Hunger index down 4%! </li></ul><ul><li>Population grew, purchasing power declined, total need for food assistance up 8-9%. </li></ul><ul><li>Agencies step up: 23% increase in food assistance provided. </li></ul><ul><li>Leading the charge: SNAP, School Meals, the Food Bank </li></ul><ul><li>A long way to go: 238 million Missing Meals </li></ul><ul><li>Missing meals could feed 218,000 (less than population of Marin County) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Turning the Corner on Hunger <ul><li>The message: We can solve this problem. </li></ul><ul><li>What would it take to reduce the HI by 1%? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less than 3 million meals in SC County </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less than 850 thousand meals in SM County </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The community rose to the challenge in 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>None of us can solve this problem on our own, but together we can make a meaningful difference. </li></ul>
  20. 20. Thank you! Drew Starbird Cindy McCown Alana Sampson Michael Enos

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