Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano: Contra Costa & Solano Hunger Study

To effectively address the social determinants of health, organizations need precision data that sheds a light on the specific needs of each community. That is the thinking behind the Community Health Fund’s (CHF’s) $20,000 grant to the Food Bank of Contra Costa & Solano to complete a local hunger study, as food insecurity is one of the most significant social determinants of health.

This local hunger study, which launched in June 2017 and also has support from the Y & H Soda Foundation and the Dean and Margaret Lesher Foundation, is a partnership with a research team from Saint Mary’s College of California. The CHF’s funding supports the data analysis component of the study.

Through the findings, the Food Bank aims to improve its programs and services, raise awareness of hunger and poverty, and advocate for public policy changes to address food insecurity. The study focuses on these key areas:

  • The extent of hunger in Contra Costa and Solano counties
  • Compensating behaviors attributable to food insecurity
  • Health-related implications of hunger and its compensating behaviors
  • The role of food assistance in addressing the above concerns