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Food Insecurity Up in Placer County


43,000. That's how many people in Placer County aren't secure about where they'll get food, according to the study.  That's one in every eight people in the area. 

A task force of local organizations put together by the Placer Community Foundation analyzed hunger and food access in the county.  It found that applications for CALFresh - or food stamps - have increased approximately 200 percent  in Placer County since 2008 -- but nearly 60 percent of eligible families are not participating. 

According to the report, people are now relying regularly on food banks as a primary source of groceries, and areas in central Roseville, Lincoln and Auburn are so-called "food deserts."  That's the term for areas in which people don't have access to a large grocery store close to home.   

The Foundation says the findings will guide local efforts to combat hunger.

Marianne Russ

Former Managing Editor, News

Marianne served as Capital Public Radio’s Managing Editor for News through July 2015.  Read Full Bio 

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