Santa Clara University

Food & Agribusiness Institute

Hunger Index Research

The Food and Agribusiness Institute funds Dr. S. Andrew Starbird's Hunger Index research, completed in collaboration with the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. 

The Hunger Index was developed to measure hunger for the most food insecure households within specific counties.  The Hunger Index also calculates the number of meals that are provided by various food assistance organizations and programs: SFHB, Children and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), Meals on Wheels, School Meals Program, Senior Nutrition, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamps program), and Woman Infant and Children (WIC).  Food assistance provided in both counties has increased in 2009.  The county food assistance programs provided 109.4 million meals in 2009 in Santa Clara County and 29.2 million meals in San Mateo County. 

The Food and Agribusiness Institute hopes to expand the Hunger Index research to include all Bay Area counties in the coming years.

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