In summary, food security and low food security rates are about the same as 2010. But rates of very low food security (i.e., eating patterns for one or more household members was disrupted due to insufficient food resources) increased from 5.4 percent in 2010 to 5.7 percent of the total population in 2011. The prevalence of food insecurity in California is greater than the national average. The national average over the three year period is 14.7 percent; California's average is 16.2 percent. We at the Food Bank now experience San Luis Obispo County to be about 15%, while it was around 11% prior to the Recession.
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Regardless of your political point of view, we encourage you to contact your representatives in California to not support any more reductions in social services, and in Washington D.C. to maintain full support for federal programs of food aid to food insecure persons, especially the Farm Bill which is in the midst of negotiations at this moment.
Federal Representatives for our county:
US Senator Barbara Boxer
Phone: (202)224-3553 or (213)894-5000
US Senator Dianne Feinstein
Representative Kevin McCarthy
5805 Capistrano Ave. Ste C, Atascadero
Phone: (805)461-1034 or (805)549-0390
Representative Lois Capps
1411 Marsh St, Suite 205, San Luis Obispo
California Legislators for our county:
Senator Sam Blakeslee
1104 Palm St. San Luis Obispo
Phone: (805) 549-3784
Assemblyman K.H. "Katcho" Achadjian
1150 Osos St., Ste 207, San Luis Obispo
Phone: (805) 549-3381