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Santa Clara County's Childhood Hunger Problem To Be Explored, Quantified at Second Annual Hunger Issues Forum
Tuesday, Sep. 8, 2009
SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 8, 2009 -- How much has the ongoing recession put children in Santa Clara County at greater risk of going hungry? What will it take to achieve President Obama’s goal of eliminating domestic hunger by 2015?
Come find answers to these and other questions at the second annual Santa Clara County Hunger Issues Forum, where this year’s theme is “The Economic Toll of Childhood Hunger.” At the event, Santa Clara University’s acting business school dean S. Andrew Starbird will update the Hunger Index, revealing how the “food gap” between the number of meals required by Santa Clara County families and the number of meals they can buy or access through assistance programs has been worsening.
The forum is taking place Thursday September 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Room 106 of Lucas Hall at Santa Clara University, 500 El Camino Real, Santa Clara, CA, 95053.
Also at the forum, Boston University School of Medicine’s Dr. John Cook will deliver the keynote address and explain findings from his recent report, Child Food Insecurity: The Economic Impact on Our Nation. And Santa Clara County pediatrician Dr. Daniel Delgado will share what is happening locally to improve children’s lifestyles.
“With unemployment stubbornly high and demand for programs like food stamps on the rise, thousands of families across the Bay Area are having to forgo millions of meals,’’ said S. Andrew Starbird, acting dean of Santa Clara University’s Leavey School of Business. “Our data show that the food gap has clearly gotten worse.’’
The event is organized by Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and is sponsored by Santa Clara University’s Food & Agribusiness Institute and SCU’s Leavey School of Business.
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