Hunger in Los Angeles County

Many people in our community are thriving, but over 2 million people in Los Angeles County face food insecurity.

Hunger Hits Home

Los Angeles County is home to one of the largest populations of any county in the nation. We are also home to one of the largest accounts of hunger.

Before the pandemic, an estimated 1 in 5 people in Los Angeles County lived with food insecurity, but after the COVID-19 outbreak, the number of people needing food assistance has increased markedly. It is estimated that 1 in 4 of our neighbors faces food insecurity.

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Hunger affects old and young alike. While fixed-income seniors, people with disabilities and low-income families are the most visible examples of people who struggle, hunger doesn’t stop there. Hunger affects all groups of people regardless of education level, employment status or ethnicity.

Due to the soaring costs of both housing and transportation in Los Angeles County, many people who work– even families with two incomes – often can’t make ends meet or put enough good food on the table.

The global pandemic and related economic fallout has created large numbers of people in our community who are brand new to food insecurity, and never imagined they would be in need of food assistance.

An aerial view of a Los Angeles Regional Food Bank drive through food distribution for those in need of food assistance.

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