ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY ACTION

HUNGER IN LOS ANGELES

Astonishingly, even in the wealthy first world city of Los Angeles, there is still a significant portion of our neighbors who cannot afford to meet their most basic needs. Hunger in Los Angeles County 2010, a report published by the Los Angeles Regional Foodbank, found that nearly 1 in 10 residents of Los Angeles County received assistance from food pantries and soup kitchens. This represents a 46% increase since 2005.

The increased need for basic and emergency assistance is also shared by county residents of different age groups and ethnic backgrounds.  For example, the number of children under 18 in recipient households has more than doubled since 2005, and now represents close to 40% of those receiving aid. Hunger and food insecurity is not an isolated problem in Los Angeles County, these are issues that affect all of our neighbors.

Represented within each statistic are thousands of our neighbors who are affected by hunger every day in metro Los Angeles.  This not only highlights the need for Hope-Net's services, but also for your continued support. Donate now.

Difficult Choices…

  • 42% of families reported choosing between paying for food and paying for utilities
  • 46% of families reported choosing between paying for food and paying for rent (up from 30% in 2005)
  • 42% of families reported choosing between paying for food and paying for transportation

Making Ends Meet…

  • 37% of households include at least one employed adult, BUT only one-third of these households have an adult employed full-time
  • 72% of clients could not afford to eat balanced meals
  • Average monthly income = $860,  Average rent for a 2-bedroom apartment in Los Angeles County = $1,612