Hunger and food insecurity affects people of all ages, races, and genders. Hunger is a year-round problem that touches every community in eastern Riverside County and southern San Bernardino Counties in Southern California. Hundreds of thousands of people face hunger in our service area every year – but even one is too many.
The long-term effects of the pandemic, from 40-year record-high inflation and supply chain shortages, have placed the brunt of financial burdens on the lowest wage workers and low-income families in our community. Grocery budgets become flexible compared to housing, medicine, gas, etc. When finances are tight many have to make the painful choice between skipping meals and paying for these other necessities. FIND Food Bank provides healthy food to anyone in need throughout the desert region to help our clients get back on their feet and thrive.
Food insecurity is defined as a lack of consistent access to adequate, nutritious food. People who are food insecure struggle to avoid hunger, a narrower physiological condition.
The majority of our neighbors facing food insecurity are children, older adults and working families. For some people, food insecurity may be a temporary challenge caused by job loss, illness or other short-term setback. Many Americans are only one paycheck away from facing food insecurity.