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One in Four Families Face Difficulty Affording Food for Children

According to an analysis of Gallup data by the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), one in four California households with children reported food hardship. FRAC analyzed the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index project’s responses to the question: “Have there been times in the past 12 months when you did not have enough money to buy food that you or your family needed?”

California had the second highest number of metropolitan areas with rates of food hardship in 2009-10, with Fresno (5th), Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario(8th), Bakersfield (11th) and Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana (18th) in the top 25 Metropolitan Statistical Areas (MSAs).

According to kidsdata.org, a Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health project, 68.6% of students in Fresno County schools and 65.6% of students in LA County schools were eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals in 2010. The finger-imaging requirement, however, may be a deterrent for many in participating in the program.

The full FRAC report is available online.

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